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Hustle ongoing for RB LaQuintas Wallace

10/30/2012

Running back LaQuintas Wallace (Tyler, Texas/Robert E. Lee) sees a lot of similarities between Louisiana Tech and Wyoming -- so many similarities that he was only able to differentiate them in the most simplistic form.

“They’re both good schools,” he said. “One place, it’s cold. The other, it’s hot.”

Wallace said both offers hold a lot of weight, and he’s beginning to look more into his recruiting process as Lee’s season comes to a conclusion. Wallace, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound back, also has received interest from TCU and Oklahoma.

Wallace’s high school career has been a roller coaster. He’s had to overcome nagging injuries since being promoted to varsity his freshman year. Ankle, foot and knee injuries have kept him from being the overly dominant running back many projected him to be, but he’s still managing to gain nearly 5.3 yards per carry as a senior.

Wallace said the injuries have been frustrating, but what he’s been focused on mostly is getting into playing shape. He admittedly was overweight at the start of the year but is looking more and more like the chiseled bull many scouts come to see.

“I was 215 [pounds] at one time,” he said, “but I’ve lost a lot of weight. During the off-season, I put on a lot of weight, but I didn’t want to be a power back, so I had to slim down. I couldn’t have that on my shoulders. I wanted to be elusive so I can make the big plays.”

In sharing the load with a handful of backs -- including rising back Marcus White -- Wallace has still been able to rush for 545 yards and seven touchdowns this year. He’s also caught seven passes for 97 yards.

Wallace leads the team in rushing, but he’s been focusing on being both a vocal leader and a leader by example. He’s the first to point out his flaws, and he wants to correct them in time to be an FBS-caliber running back.

“I know I’ve got to get some mental things down,” Wallace said. “Blocking, play-action, picking up blitzes, little things like that. I know throughout my high school career, I’ve learned to lead this team. I want to make sure everybody’s heads are right and everybody, including me, is doing the right thing.”