Watch out America, Alaska may have a bona fide running back superstar on its hands.
For the second time in three weeks, Kenai (Ak.) Central High running back and defensive back Jace Daniels carried for at least six touchdowns in a single game. On Friday, Daniels racked up six rushing touchdowns on 17 carries en route to 270 yards in a true dynamo performance against traditional state power Homer (Ak.) High, a defending state champion. Daniels also returned two interceptions for touchdowns in Kenai's jaw-dropping 78-6 rout.
You can see video of one of Daniels' eight touchdowns from Saturday above.
The dimensions of the victory were notable, but shouldn't be taken lightly just because of its state of origin. Alaska is often downplayed as a state of marginal athletes and prospects who don't get as much time on the field in the course of a season because of an early start to the competitive slate and even earlier finish to avoid the brutal encroaching winter.
Regardless of those concerns, what Daniels is doing deserves serious notice. As noted by MaxPreps, he has now rushed for 825 yards in just three games -- all one-sided victories that he has controlled from both the offensive and defensive backfield -- and has racked up that yardage on just 56 carries. That's an average of nearly 15 yards per rush.
Over 10 carries, a 15 yard-per-down average might not stand out. Across nearly 60 it does.
It remains to be seen if Daniels can keep up his stratospheric pace for the entirety of the 2013 season. Even if he can't, his blazing start should be turning some heads of collegiate football programs in the continental United States. Any kid that can run like Daniels does deserves a serious look.
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