Junior RB coming off a monster season tearing up 5A football
Javen Huddleston is the type of RB on which championships in Kentucky are often built. He runs it hard, is shifty and effortlessly finds the cut-back or running lane, he is even a dangerous weapon swinging out of the offensive backfield. He helped carry his team to the 5A Title game a year ago. Can he take them to the Title in ’23?Fletcher Long, KPGFootball Chief of the Scouting Division
The Purples from Bowling Green “Senior” High have enjoyed quite the football tradition. Coach Spader has done his part to continue the tradition, winning a title in ’20 and darn near winning one a year ago.
The program has won titles in 1995 (3A), 2011-13 (5A), 2014-15 (5A) and 2020 (5A). That is seven (7) titles.
To enjoy that amount of success, over that period of time, you have to have talent coming up and through your pipeline. The Purples certainly have that.
With Deuce Bailey back at QB in ’23 and Javen Huddleston back at RB one would have to pencil the Purples into title contention. We have before feature Bailey. Let’s take an in depth look at Huddleston.
Huddleston played in 13 of the Purples 15-games a year ago. The junior gained 1,184-yards from scrimmage in 144-carries.
Huddleston averaged 8.2-yards per carry and scored 16-TD’s rushing. Huddleston scored a TD every ninth (9th) carry with a long of 98-yards, demonstrating he has what is referred to as “break-away” or “separation speed” when breaking into a defense’s second and even third level.
Huddleston was an equally formidable weapon in the passing game. Huddleston caught 27-passes from Deuce Bailey, for 339-yards with four (4)-receiving TD’s. Huddleston led the team in scoring with 120-points scored or 9.2-points a ball game.
Huddleston is being heavily recruited from the FBS, mid-major level on down to various other levels of competition. What appears certain is this is a Saturday player.
Will he win “Mr. Football” next season and lead his Purples back to Kroger Field? Well, that is hard to say, but if I had to pick a Mr. Football, offseason, in advance of the games being played, the offensive backfield in Bowling Green, Kentucky would be a good place to start.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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