|Triplett making a catch
against Olathe East.
Position: Running Back
Weight: 175 lbs.
Stat to Note
As a sophomore, Triplett carried the ball 181 times for 948 yards and 11 touchdowns in the Eagles' 10-game season.
There are several guarantees in life: death, taxes and dominant Olathe North running backs. If you've followed the Sunflower League in any capacity over the last decade you know how strong of a legacy Olathe North's running back position carries with it. Names like Darren Sproles, Maurice Mack and James Franklin are just a few of the league legends that have come out of the Olathe North's backfield. Triplett's name was being mentioned around Olathe when he was in junior high, and last season he showed us a glimpse of his potential.
Anything Triplett lacks in stature he makes up for in pure athleticism. His strong and compact build, combined with his excellent quickness and speed (he compares favorably to former Olathe North running back Justin Gore) helped him to collect Second Team All-Sunflower League honors last year. Those attributes, plus the experience he's gained, combined with an improved Olathe North squad project a big season for Triplett in 2013.
Olathe North head coach Gene Wier is a wizard at getting his best players maximum touches and production. If history holds true -- and Triplett stays healthy -- don't be surprised if Triplett is in the 1,500-yard rushing neighborhood by season's end. He's just too good of a running back to not have a breakout year this fall.