|Jason Randall. Lawrence Journal|
Position: Running Back
Weight: 175 lbs.
Stat to Note
Randall earned Second Team All-Sunflower League honors at the running back position as a sophomore.
Watching Randall's highlights I can't help but draw a comparison between his game and that of former Free State great Chucky Hunter. Hunter was known as an extremely shifty back who didn't have incredible speed but could burn you if you let him into open field. A player who was tough enough to lower his shoulder and pick up a few tough yards if the situation called for it. In Randall I see virtually the same type of player. Low to the ground, shifty, with a great ability to find the holes in a defense.
As a sophomore, in his second full season at the varsity level, Randall carried the ball 145 times for 822 yards and 11 touchdowns. Solid numbers from any running back, especially given the fact that Leavenworth wasn't exactly a dominant team last year. The real stat that jumps out to me is that he also caught 26 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns. His ability to make big plays catching passes on flares and slip screens makes him as dangerous as any running back in the league.
Randall is becoming the early face of the Kevin Kopecky era at Leavenworth. The talented running back is going to have to continue to produce the way he did as a sophomore for the Pioneers to take the next step in becoming a .500 team in the Sunflower League. Randall is the type of weapon that not every team in league possesses, and his impact should be felt greatly again this year.