Fullbacks are the guys with the big neck rolls, sent in to clear space for the ball carriers who will get the carries and the glory. Right?
Not quite for senior fullback Jaylen Warren of Salt Lake City’s East High School, who broke Utah’s single-season rushing record in Friday night’s 47-34 win over Timpview (Provo) in a 4A quarterfinal playoff game.
Per the Salt Lake Tribune, Warren came in needing 136 yards to break the 37-year-old single-season state rushing record held by Beaver’s Kelly Miller (2,561 yards in 1979). Warren did the record many better, finishing with 249 yards on 33 carries to increase his season total to 2,675 yards. He broke the record on a 46-yard touchdown run that closed East’s deficit to 21-13 with 8:31 remaining in the first half.
For Warren, it marked his 10th game this fall in which he reached the 200-yard plateau as well as his 12th 100-yard game, one away from tying the state record for most 100-yard games in one season.
“It feels great,” Warren told the Tribune. “I wasn’t really focused on it. I just wanted to win.”
Per the Tribune, East (12-0) leads the nation in rushing yards. Against Timpton, the Leopards were true to form, rushing for 621 yards on 56 carries (11 yards a carry).
Last fall, Warren was named the 4A MVP by the Deseret News. Quite the follow-up season, you could say. And not bad for a fullback.