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June 14, 2012Class C-1 has some outstanding skill players returning for 2012, including one who is moving into the class. Here is a breakdown of stats and strengths of a few of them, all 2011 Huskerland Prep Report all-staters.
Jake Fowler, Adams Central, Senior Running Back
Fowler is put together like an ideal running back. At 5-11, 190 pounds he can run through you or by you and that is exactly what he did last season.
Fowler rushed for 1,764 yards on the ground last season and was an absolute workhorse, rushing 270 times. While the average, 6.5 yards is impressive the thing that really sticks out is teams knew that Fowler managed it all while clearly being the centerpiece to the Patriots running game; he accounted for 74 percent of the Patriots total rushing yardage last season, scoring 18 touchdowns.
His lateral movement is excellent and he uses an impressive spin move when in the open field to elude defenders. He has no problem running between the blocks and will deliver a blow to a defender that often leaves the defensive player in worse shape than Fowler.
But that not all - he has excellent hands as well. Fowler finished last season with 31 catches for 390 more yards. He caught three touchdown passes which gave him 21 on the season, almost two a game.
Fowler did all of this in Class B last season. From a numbers standpoint you would believe this would equal more production, but similar to Class B, Class C-1 plays very good defense. But I wouldn't count on Fowler rushing for less.
Tyler Kavan, Wahoo, Senior Running Back
Last season Tyler Kavan set a school, single season rushing record, rushing for 1895 yards and 16 touchdowns. His average per attempt was a very impressive 8.9 yards a carry and he scored 18 touchdowns.
Kavan is a playmaker on offense and sturdy, going 5-11, 180 pounds. Besides having good strength he is blessed with good speed (4.6 in the forty) and has excellent cutting ability.
And none of those are his greatest strength his vision is top notch and he sees the holes very well, when needed weaving in traffic to find a lane to run through.
Wahoo went 9-3 last season and lost to Platteview in the semifinals of the C-1 state playoffs. Kavan would like nothing more than to help his team get his team to the championship game this season. With a load of returning experience around him there is a good chance Kavan's legs could help get them there.
Jordan Bellar, Norfolk Catholic, Senior Quarterback
Bellar helped lead the Knights to their eighth state title last season and second in a row. He was named Huskerland's C-1 all-state quarterback and Player of the Year and is looking for even more going into his senior season.
Last season Bellar passed for 1,460 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was also a force on the ground with 563 yards rushing for almost a six yards a carry average.
Bellar isn't the largest quarterback to ever strap on pads, 6-0, 165 pounds, but that doesn't limit the NFL's Drew Brees and it hasn't limited Bellar.
He shows excellent touch on the deep ball and good accuracy on throws across the middle. He has a good enough arm to make all the throws and is also good at throwing on the move, which makes his running ability all that more dangerous.
As a runner, Bellar is very fluid. Nothing flashy, but he does a good job of seeing a hole and getting as many yards that are available. He has good speed and gets to top speed very quickly.
While he usually is leading his team to points he can pin a team deep if a drive stalls; after all, he averaged over 40 yards a punt as a junior.