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May 22, 2013

Pioneers look to fill running back position

STILLWATER, Okla. —

Quan Malveaux may be the smallest guy on the field for the Stillwater High School football team — standing 5 feet, 6 inches if he really stretches himself out.

But while he may lack the size of a prototypical running back, there is little doubt who has had the biggest impact for the Pioneers this spring.

“We’re very excited about him,” Stillwater offensive coordinator Paul Hix said. “We knew he was very talented. He shocked us from Day 1. He got right out there and stepped in like he’d been doing it for a long time. He really hasn’t made any assignment busts. He’s been fabulous in pass protection — he’s knocking around 200-pound linebackers and I’ll bet he doesn’t weigh 130 pounds. He’s not scared and that’s what we really like about him. He just jumped right in there and took command of it like (the position) has always been his.”

Malveaux is just one of a plethora of young backs hoping to be the answer to the proverbial spring long question of who would fill graduated senior Davyn Thompson’s shoes when the Pioneers take the field next fall. And so far he looks the part.

“We’ve been really impressed with Quan, our sophomore to be,” Hix said. “He’s really an ideal inside zone back, which is kind of the identity of our team. We were playing around with tweaking things to fit Ty (Smith), but really Quan fits our identity or at least my experience with the inside zone.”

Malveaux won’t be the only one in the backfield, however. Players like soon-to-be junior Ty Smith — who has sat out most of the spring with an injury — could have just as big of an impact next fall.

“It’s really exciting,” said Smith, who the coaches have deemed to be the odds-on favorite to be the starter next season. “We have a lot of potential to be a good football team in the upcoming years.”

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