"I like running back better and think I'm better at that position," said Akintunde, who helped the Trojans to a 7-6 mark that included two playoff wins. "I have good balance and good vision. I find the hole."
For the year, Akintunde gained 255 yards on 41 carries (6.22 ypc) with four touchdowns, but he saved his best outings for the all-important postseason bonanza.
In the first-round of the playoffs, a 28-14 victory over Rockwall, the junior found the end zone twice. Two weeks later, he enjoyed what was easily a season-high of 105 yards on 22 carries with a TD in a 45-34 shootout loss to John Tyler.
"Tyler's linebackers were okay, but their secondary kept chopping my legs out from under me," recalled Akintunde. "That was the first playoff game that I started at running back. The coaches made the decision because I ran for two touchdowns against Rockwall."
At outside linebacker, Akintunde accounted for 44 tackles, three sacks, and he intercepted a pass. His best games, statistically, were versus Fossil Ridge and Frisco (eight tackles apiece). He recorded two sacks in the Fossil Ridge game (a 37-30 victory for the Trojans).
Which schools are recruiting the junior and what's the outlook for his senior year?
"We'll have many young players next year on offense. We'll have a new quarterback, new wide receivers, and mostly a new offensive line - except for left tackle."