Josh Nicks is one of two returnees back at fullback this season
8/10/2011 5:28:00 PM
Up Close with the Fullbacks
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. – The fullbacks play a major role in Southeast Missouri's run-oriented offense and their efforts often seem to go un-noticed.
The fullbacks are the unsung heroes so to speak. The men in the trenches. The guys who live to make a huge block that springs a ball carrier behind them for a big run.
Southeast goes four-deep at the fullback spot this year.
Ron Coleman (Omaha, Neb.) appears to be the frontrunner for the lead role after playing significantly this past spring. Coleman, who was a State Champion wrestler at North High School, redshirted for the Redhawks last season. He was also a Super-State running back as a prep in 2009.
Meanwhile, Josh Nicks (Union City, Tenn.) is the only returning fullback with game experience. Nicks saw action in every game a year ago, rushing for three yards and three carries (all of which came vs. Southwest Baptist).
New to the position are walk-ons Brandon Beck (Jackson, Mo.) and Christian Long (Mesa, Ariz.).
Beck shared reps with Coleman and Nicks during the spring. He is from nearby Jackson High School.
Long rushed for 298 yards and five touchdowns on 78 carries at Eastern Arizona College in 2010.
Chris Norris is in his sixth year as the Redhawks running backs and special teams coach. Norris coached his first Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year and First-Team All-American (Henry Harris) last season.
Southeast held its first two-a-day practice Wednesday. The team practiced at Houck Stadium in the morning, before working out on the natural grass fields at the Rosengarten Athletic Complex this afternoon.
Thursday's positional breakdown will feature the defensive backs. Visit GoSoutheast.com for all your latest news and camp reports on the Redhawk football team.