Andre Agers Faces Big Adjustments

Andre Agers Faces Big Adjustments

In the end Toledo offered scholarships to two Dallas Metroplex running backs - Bishop Lynch's Andre Agers and J.T. McDonald from Marcus High School in Flower Mound - and the running back corps will feature a balance between the three seniors and the three underclassmen when pre-season camp opens

With three seniors and only one underclassman on the spring roster, running back was a position of vital interest for Tulane Head Coach Bob Toledo in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day. In the end Toledo offered scholarships to two Dallas Metroplex running backs - Bishop Lynch's Andre Agers and J.T. McDonald from Marcus High School in Flower Mound - and the running back corps will feature a balance between the three seniors and the three underclassmen when pre-season camp opens in August.

Tonight we'll take a brief look at Agers.

Andre Agers is a running back who played at a small private school which does not compete against Texas public schools, and although he has good speed (best time of 50.34 in the 400 meters), he was used primarily as an inside runner in high school and his size makes success in that role problematic in college. This means Agers has more than the usual adjustment to the size of college players and the speed of the game to get through.

Although he does have good speed (running on relay squads as well as the open quarter), this might not translate into real breakaway speed at the college level. And while he has potential as a kick returner, a lack of breakaway speed might marginalize his effectiveness in that role as well. Improvement in his stride and running techniques could make him a more effective runner on the perimeter.

Agers gained 2,384 yards and scored 35 touchdowns as a senior in 2006, and was also named the TAPPS Division I, District I Offensive MVP last season. Altogether he ran for more than 4,000 yards in his final two seasons at Bishop Lynch. He was also honored as the private school 'Built Ford Tough' Texas High School Player of the Week in November after gaining 366 yards and scoring 5 touchdowns on 40 carries in a win over Trinity Christian that secured the TAPPS District I title for the Friars.

As a junior he gained 1,646 rushing yards and scored 19 touchdowns.

An accomplished graffiti artist, Agers played at Lake Highlands High School as a freshman.

Bishop Lynch achieved great success after Agers transferred there from Lake Highlands High School. In the three-year span that Agers was a Friar, the Bishop Lynch football team won three consecutive district titles.

Agers future could be very bright if he can make the usual adjustments to the college game and the adjustments to his own running style that seem to be mandated.

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