Monday, June 15, 2009

Players to Watch in 2009: Arthur Rucker

Name: Arthur Rucker
School: SM North
Year: Senior
Position(s): Quarterback
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Notes: Rucker has been one of the few bright spots for the SM North football program over the past few seasons. In fact, the Indians progression from a record of 1-8 in 2007, to 3-6 in 2008 can be heavily attributed to Rucker.
A a sophomore in 2007 Rucker was thrown into the fire as the starting quarterback. Rucker and SM North did little to impress during the season, winning just one game--only their fourth victory in three seasons. The 2008 campaign, however, had a slightly different tone to it.
After dropping a nail biter to Lawrence 10-3 in the opening game of the season, SM North shutout Olathe Northwest 14-0 in the second game of the season with the help of two touchdown passes of 10, and 32 yards from Rucker. Rucker helped SM North to win two of the team's following four games, before the team hit a rough patch and lost its final three games. Regardless, the 2008 season was definately a plus in terms of Rucker's development as the team leader.
With good size, a decent forty (4.7) and two years of experience under his belt, Rucker has the potential to raise some eyebrows this upcoming season. If anything he can help return SM North to a sub .500 record, something the program hasn't enjoyed since the 2004 season.
Photo Courtesy Shawnee-Dispatch

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