2014 Player to Watch: Caleb Masters

Published 07/08 2014 02:29PM

Updated 07/09 2014 11:27AM

The Albany Lions are among the favorites to reach the Class 2A Div. II state title game at AT&T Stadium this year. In order for that to happen, they will likely need a big year from running back Caleb Masters.

"We've been working really hard in the offseason as a team. I've been doing a lot of individual workouts and camps. I really think as a team we have the chance to do good this year," said Caleb Masters.

As a sophomore Masters tore up opposing defenses with 1,900 yards rushing and 30 touchdowns. The Lions would make it all the way to the semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Wellington.

While the numbers are impressive for Masters, it is clear he's focused on more than just his stats.

"It's not much of a a priority for me. That's not really want I want to focus on. I want to focus on my team, and how far we gets as a team. I don't care about my stats. I just care about how that record is in the end," said Masters.

"He's a great football player. He loves to play the game, and he plays with a lot of passion, and has a lot of talent to go along with it. So, we're looking for great things from him this season," said head coach Denny Faith.

The Lions also return plenty of talent around Masters this season, which should open up opposing defenses for the junior running back.

"We snuck up on a couple people last year, and this year we're really not going to be able to do that. Those kids came in hungry after making it to the semifinals last year and we're expecting big things from them," said Faith.

"I want to do every thing I can for my team. I want to play as hard as I can, and have a little bit of leadership out there, because every team needs leadership. I hope I can bring that to the table for my team and my coaches," said Masters.

Albany also enters the season ranked in the top five, and expectations are high in Albany as a result. That makes Caleb Masters a Player to Watch in 2014.

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