In this case, we’re talking about QB Ross Rushing of Piedmont High in Monroe. Not only is Rushing just a sophomore, but he suffered a broken ankle at the end of last season—after starting ten games at QB as a freshman—and only returned three games ago.
In those three games, Piedmont is 3-0, and just qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2004. In those three games Piedmont has scored 137 points (45.7 average) and Rushing, who is already almost 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds with 4.9-second speed, has thrown for more than 400 yards and six TDs and rushed for more than 100 yards and another score. And he's done that despite wearing a brace on that formerly broken left ankle.
“He’s got a lot of upside,” said Piedmont coach Frank Ambrose this afternoon. “He’s one of those guys who may not practice great—although he’s fine in practice—but when the lights come on, he’s a different player, so confident.
“Also, he’s got a good frame to fill out, and he’s got a cannon for an arm. He can already make all the throws.”
Remember, the name is Ross Rushing. He also started for the varsity basketball team as a freshman and was a jayvee baseball standout.
And we told you about him first.
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