Lafayette opened it's second possession in their season opener against 6A Tupelo
with all eyes focused on their monster QB in Jeremy Liggins
and their star tailback
who rushed for over 2, 200 yards as a junior in Demarkus Dennis
. What little did
anyone know is that there was a merging sophomore tailback named D.K. Buford that
would steal the show.
The 5' 10", 185 pound sophomore back has a lightening quick first step and
has that 5th gear that not many scat-backs possess as he ran a 10.68 100 meter
run in an event last track season. He also earned a starting job as a freshman
which is rarely seen for Lafayette's program. Below are highlights taken from
the game from D.K. Buford
If that is not enough to defend there is always reliable Demarkus Dennis. Last
Friday he scored on three different touchdown runs. All were over 30 yards. In
the opening game against Tupelo he scored on a 55-yard burst and had three more
Demarkus excels in his cutbacks and vision. He sees any little hole and slithers
his way through them more times than not. Below are highlights from the senior
tailback's opening game against Tupelo:
If you are an opponent of Lafayette's, you know you must always have a spy on
the 2010 1st Team All-State selection (for all classifications) in the 6' 4",
275-pound multidimensional quarterback.
The Oxford native reminds me of a Tim Tebow
when he decides to tuck it and run.
Jeremy is not looking to run around you but most of the time through you, but
at the same time, he amazingly has good enough footwork for a 275-pounder to make
you miss if need to be.
Liggins' throwing motion is similar to Vince Young
. It is a little sideways but
effective, and he possesses the arm strength to make all of the throws.
, Demarkus Dennis
, and D.K.
are all legit D1 quality players.
Buford and Liggins have the potential to be game breakers on the next level. We
do not see another team out of Mississippi with the talent that these three bring
to the table in their backfield. You can also keep your eyes on junior WR Brandon Mack
and senior FB/LB Jamel Dennis
Jamel Dennis is a 6' 0", 205 pound linebacker who comes in at fullback inside
the redzone and scored two touchdowns against Tupelo. He is a rugged and tough
runner but is more suitable for linebacker.
Brandon Mack comes in for Jeremy Liggins when the Commodores build a big enough
lead to save Jeremy Liggins. The junior plays the slot in the other formations
and has good vision and is an elusive runner. On most teams, he would be the feature
back but not in this loaded backfield
Everyone knew about the the Commodores pair of dynamic players in their offensive backfield in QB Jeremy Liggins and RB Demarkus Dennis but nobody knew about their emerging weapon in D.K. Buford.
RB D.K. Buford