Who is the greatest high school running back in Louisiana history?
For the next week, VSN Louisiana will offer you a chance to weigh in on the topic. VSN Louisiana has formed a 32-player bracket and over the next several days, followers are encouraged to vote each day on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The total number of votes from each of the three social media platforms will be used to determine a head-to-head winner in each round.
Players from all eras were selected and seeded based on their accomplishments as a high school player. College and NFL accomplishments were not taken into factor. The panel decided Warrick Dunn and Terry Robiskie would be considered as quarterbacks, and Joe Delaney as a wide receiver.
Making the 32-team bracket were: Leonard Fournette, LaBrandon Toefield, Travis Etienne, Juice Williams, Joe McKnight, Derrius Guice, Dalton Hilliard, Reggie Dupard, Pooka Williams, Devin Brumfield, Garry James, Patrick Jackson, Nick Brossette, Donnie Bruchhaus, Billy Cannon, Jimmy Tylor, Kevin Faulk, Jamaican Dartez, Travis Minor, Chris Markey, Leroy Hoard, Michael Burks, Kenny Hilliard, Joe Heap, Cecil Collins, Luther Ambrose, Anthony Thomas, Marshall Faulk, Brandon Jacobs, Rondell Mealey, Alley Broussard and Dawayne Woods.
One of the main contenders, Kevin Faulk, a star at Carencro, provided his insights on a sampling of some of the top all-time runners.
On Leonard Fournette of St. Augustine: “I heard about Leonard Fournette as a freshman when I was in New England (with the Patriots). Couldn’t imagine being in his shoes during his recruitment time with the social media and everything that was going on at the time.”
On “Anthony “Pooka” Williams of Hahnville: “He’s real. He’s still doing it (at Kansas). It wasn’t something that was a fluke. He was the real deal.”
On Cecil Collins of Leesville: “He was one of the best high school running backs I’ve seen play the game of football. If Cecil Collins had just been able to finish out his career, I think he’s a guy that could have reminded people of what Earl Campbell did.”
And Faulk’s on self-assessment: “I wasn’t that guy that was a bruising guy, but if I had to and somebody got a good shot on me, I might try to lower the shoulder. Nine times out of 10, I was trying to make a guy miss.”
He also offered his view of football and the intent of the bracket picking.
“It’s a wonderful game, a beautiful game. Look at what it has us doing now. We’re in a time that we are going through right now but we are still finding the time to go through history and trying to find out who the best running back is in the history of Louisiana. Let’s have fun doing it.”