’26 LB,RB is poised to follow up an impressive freshman season
You won’t see too many freshmen linebackers tally over a 100-tackles. You won’t see many 6A freshmen get 12-games of run, average 11-yards a carry, and be among the leaders defensively in critical statistical categories like TFL’s, Tackles, and QB-sacks. In other words, Wyatt Raney from Meade County High is very rare. If he continues to work like he has been, we have only just begun to hear about him!HB Lyon, KPGFootball, Scouting Divison
One of my favorite, colloquial expressions is “[T]hat ain’t no hill for a stepper.” If you grew up in the rural south, I am sure we aren’t plowing fertile ground here.
It denotes that obstacles aren’t insurmountable when the person encountering the obstacle is accustomed to stepping over them. Over the course of the Meade County High football program’s existence, the Green Wave are accustomed to winning and playing for crowns.
Having encountered some difficulty, in recent years, isn’t an insurmountable hill to a program, or coaching staff, accustomed to rolling up its sleeves and putting in the work. Wyatt Raney is also a “stepper,” if you catch our drift.
We looked and couldn’t find highlights from the Hudl page of Raney which captured his freshman season. There were individual game highlights.
The ones we included were from his outing against Central Hardin. The Bruins were a team which performed at the top-levels of 6A football a year ago (11-2, 2022).
What he did, in that game alone, should establish the point we’re trying to make. The rest of his season looked similarly.
In ’22, Raney played in 12-games for the 6A football program. He carried the football from his RB post just a few times but averaged 11-yards a carry when given opportunity. One might say, Carpe Diem!
On defense, his performance was extremely more strident, if you were on the other team particularly. The 5’10, 200-pounder registered 101-hits, 4.5-TFL’s and a QB-sack.
One of his more astonishing numbers may be his 5.0 GPA. We don’t know if it is a 4.0 scale and he is acing all honors courses or if Meade County employs a 6-point grading scale, but either way, it is impressive.
Raney has got to be garnering college attention, even now. He won’t field any offers this summer, as it is still a bit early. However, the summer between his sophomore and junior years, provided he continues to improve along his present arc, is anyone’s guess.
This appears to be a no-doubter as far as him finding a home on a college program in the future. First, he has to continue to climb, with his Green Wave teammates and coaches, the hill they are presently ascending.
This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!
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