Guess who? Can you figure out the identity of this ACC star?
Nov 14, 2013 at 8:17a ET
The scouting report on me? I'm big and slow -- well, at least one of those things is true.
I've worked hard on my speed over the last few years, because I'm the leader of a group of running backs that puts it on ourselves to be physical ... while playing fast.
For me, the physical part came naturally, but the fast part meant eating better and working on my conditioning in the offseason.
Why? Because the hay is never in the barn. I like that saying so much, I had it printed on a T-shirt, and I wear it before and after every game. My work is never done. I will never be satisfied. That's why I worked to get faster, and it's why, when defenses are wearing down at the end of games, I'm busting through for touchdowns.
During games, I wear another T-shirt underneath my jersey. It has an S (on it), which could stand for my school ... or my last name ... or Superman. Maybe it's all three.
But as much as I may try to be a Superman for my football team, I think more about being a superhero for people like Jacob Zonick, and my little sister, Janae. Janae is in fifth grade.
She watches all of my games, and we're constantly sending texts or FaceTiming with one another. She is a bright spot in my life, and I communicate with her every way I can, because she was born deaf.
I met Jacob in 2010, at the Blue-Gold All-Star Game in my home state of Delaware. Jacob has cerebral palsy and he and I were matched up through the Hand-in-Hand program, which pairs football players with children who have intellectual disabilities.
Jacob and I have stayed in touch, and he got to come see me play on my home field for the first time a couple of weeks ago; I spoke to him before the game, and gave him a hug.