West Monroe junior running back Trey Coleman needed an outlet to improve his game leading into this season. A season he would ascend to the top of the depth chart at one of the most important positions in the Rebels offense.
Coleman found it on the track, and it has benefited more than the track team.
“It helped his speed so much,” West Monroe offensive coordinator Glen Hunt said. “He put on some weight. You could see his body change.”
Coleman is attempting to carry on the great running back tradition at West Monroe.
“I just want to be the best I can be,” Coleman said. “I go out and try my hardest.”
Coleman showed off his abilities in the season opener last Friday night. Coleman rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns to help the Rebels roll past Wossman, 42-0.
“We encourage our backs to run track,” West Monroe coach Jerry Arledge said. “Apparently it has helped (Coleman).”
Coleman has used his advanced size to help him breakthrough would-be tacklers one after another.
“He has the ability to break tackles and make people miss,” Hunt said. “We tell our backs all the time you have to make people miss, with some of these safeties and cornerbacks. We can’t block them all.”
Another step Coleman made this season may not be as noticeable to the average fan.
“I got rid of my eye visor (on the helmet),” Coleman said. “It helps me see the holes better.”
If there was one aspect of the game where Coleman still has to get better in it would be blocking on pass plays as he attempts to keep edge rushers off the quarterback.
“He struggled a little (against Wossman),” Hunt said. “But, we addressed it this week.”
West Monroe takes on Lufkin High (Texas) at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the “2015 Battle on the Border” at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.
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