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100 Players in 100 Days – Day 68 – Shakur Lester, Dieruff

Written by: on Sunday, July 27th, 2014. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

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Player Name: Shakur Lester, Dieruff

Height: 5-10

Weight: 185

40-Yard Dash: 4.44

Class of: 2015

Position(s): RB/SS/KR/PR

Jersey Number: 6

Years with Varsity: 3

Other Sports: Track and Field

Starting experience: He played his freshman year at Catasauqua before moving to Allentown. He has started since his sophomore year at running back and mid-way through the season I started him both ways. Last year he started on both sides of the ball.

2013 Stats: Lester rushed for 1,194 yards and 15 touchdowns. He caught 25 passes for 437 yards and five touchdowns. He was also one-for-one passing and a touchdown.

He was fourth on our team in tackles last year. He had 48 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and one sack.

2013 Highlights: Against William Allen he rushed for 232 yards.

Honors: 1 st Team Morning Call All-Area at RB

 

Coaches Q&A with Kyle Beller:

Q. What are his strengths at running back?

A. He has great vision and is very fast and shifty. He doesn’t take hard hits. He has very good lower body control and when he sees the hole he hits it and goes, he has great burst.

I’ll give you example of one of my favorite runs from last year. It was the second game against Pleasant Valley and he goes to the right and right around the hash mark he gets kind of boxed in. He almost stops and looks the kid dead in the eye, makes a move to his right and went for a touchdown. It was completely stop on a dime, make a move and accelerate. It was an absolutely amazing run and that is the stuff this young man can do.

We like to move him around and he will be lined up at the running back position, slot receiver, outside receiver and at quarterback.

We like to throw to him and he has good hands.

 

Q. What are his strengths on defense?

A. His speed helps him out and he has natural instincts. He always seems to be around where the ball is. The thing is, he covers so much ground for us at weak safety, and it allows us to do so much on defense that I know he’s there to make things happen.

He makes plays back there and is a great tackler.

 

Q. How’s he as a returner?

A. No one kicks to him. We look at kickoffs as another offensive play and having him back there we know they have to kick away. We usually end up with good field position.

 

Schools of Interest: Committed to Monmouth University

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