When high school coaches talk about "balanced" running backs, it's usually code for solid athletes that don't have any particular strengths.
That's not the case with Western Reserve's Blake Buckhannon, returning to the Roughriders after torching opponents for 1,843 yards and 26 touchdowns in the 2010 regular season.
He's fast enough to put ground between himself and the defense. He's big and strong enough to bowl them over, too. He's a tough, hard worker with a nose for the end zone. He's a balanced running back.
"He's fast, he's fierce, he's relentless. He's not going to take a play off," said Rock Farlow, whose Margaretta team faced Western Reserve in Week 2 in 2010 (Buckhannon thrashed the Polar Bears for 220 yards on 31 carries with two touchdowns in a 41-12 rout). They face the 'Riders in Week 2 again this season in Collins.
"A lot of times you'll play a back that's fast, but if we can just bottle him, he's not much of a threat. If you bottle (Buckhannon), he's going to run over somebody," Farlow said. "And he's going to twist, and he's going to ... He's just got a total package skill set, I think, as a back. When you add that relentlessness with skills and toughness and strength ... Did I leave anything out?"
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