Tyler Drown doesn’t come across as a powerful runner.
The Lancaster Christian senior fullback is just 5-foot-9 and 215 pounds.
But he has already surprised his teammates with his ability to pack a punch as a strong runner.
“He’s a real physical runner,” Lancaster Christian first-year coach Chad Watson said. “He’s an every down type back. I think he shocked some kids the first day in pads the way he carries the ball.”
Drown is a downhill runner who tends to put his head down and run over opponents. He rushed for 486 yards on 94 carries with four touchdowns and a long run of 43 yards last season at Macon County. He decided to transfer to Lancaster Christian, a non-TSSAA school, and commute from Lafayette to play for Watson, who was an assistant at the school last season.
“Knowing him already having played for him is a plus,” said Drown, who will also play linebacker for the Knights. Lancaster is coming off a 1-8 season. “I know how everything goes with his system.
“We had lost a lot of players at Macon. I felt like it would be a good fit and maybe he can help me get to college.”
Drown insists he’s a better offensive player than defensive. However, he’ll do anything asked of him this season.
“I got close to 500 yards last year running it up the middle,” Drown said. “I’ve started the past two years. It’s the same thing we ran at Macon County. I feel pretty comfortable with that.”
Drown also caught eight passes for 61 yards a year ago. As a sophomore at Macon County, he rushed for 363 yards on 64 carries with four touchdowns.
“When we go to our double wing set he’ll be our fullback, but he’ll go to our F-back when we go to our spread,” Watson said. “A lot of kids that come to Lancaster are basketball kids that give us some speed. Tyler is a good compliment because he will be our power back and guy we can get the hard yards with.”
Drown said the adjustment to a new school hasn’t been difficult.
“It’s just learning everything and everyone,” Drown said. “The players seem nice. We are all learning together.”