2014 Player to Watch: Abram Smith

Published 07/21 2014 07:58PM

Updated 07/21 2014 09:37PM

Abilene High running back Abram Smith burst on to the scene late last season in the final two games, and turned plenty of heads in the process.

In Smith's first appearance against Odessa High, the freshman took his first varsity carry in for a touchdown. On the sidelines head coach Steve Warren told Smith it would not be that easy every time. Then Smith busted another touchdown run on his second carry.

"They moved me up for a reason and I needed to show them that I'm ready for it. As soon as they gave me the ball I focused up. My team needed me, that's why they gave me the ball. So, I did what I did with it and I got in the endzone," said Abram Smith.

Smith would finish the season with just under 300 yards, and five touchdowns on the ground in just two games. Needless to say, Smith had the attention of the other teams in the "Little Southwest Conference."

"Honestly I don't let it affect me. I just get to work, get to work in the weight room, get out here and run around, all that good stuff. It hardly affects me," said Smith.

Now Smith will look to build on those numbers in 2014, and avoid what some would call a "sophomore slump." With that also comes becoming a better leader in the locker room as well.

"When these seniors leave somebody is going to have to come by and step it up. So, I want to be there for that. Help my team do big, go bigger, and do the stuff we know we're capable of doing."

This year's Abilene High team will be charged with returning the Eagles to the postseason after missing for the first time since 1998. To do that they will need a big year from their running back, Abram Smith. That makes him a Player to Watch in 2014.

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