You have to wonder if the kid wearing the dark #3 jersey in the above photo — witnessing the force that is White Swan High School running back Tony Picard ripping up the turf toward an up-close-and-personal introduction — might opt for the "oops, I tripped" excuse.
Picard, a senior from Yakima, Wash., is listed at 6' 4" and 400 pounds, according to the Indian Country Today Media Network...and likely not the smallest ball-carrier to ever take a hand-off.
Picard started out as an offensive lineman (you don't say?) but was more fleet-footed than one might expect and made the switch to running back. Busted Coverage reports Picard already has amassed more than 500 yards rushing and eight touchdowns this season entering last Friday's game.
“Most teams will sacrifice five guys to stop him: four linemen and a middle linebacker. That leaves three guys on each side to stop the rest of our team,” his coach told the ICTMN. “Everything else opens up: our outside running, our play action, and our entire passing game. We average about 450 yards as a team offensively.”
“I kind of make a path for the smaller guys to score and serve as a decoy,” Picard added to ICTMN, adding he's nevertheless been running for about 80 to 120 yards per game and usually scores a touchdown or two.
Here's a highlight reel...and it's not for the defenses Picard bulldozes, just in case you were wondering:
(H/T: Bleacher Report)