Guyer's opponents in the upcoming football season might think they caught a break after star running back Noah Cain left Denton for IMG Academy in Florida a few months back.
Sure, the departure took the nation's top-ranked junior-to-be running back out of the Wildcats' backfield, but on Thursday night during Guyer's annual spring game, the Wildcats showed they still have plenty of talent.
Throughout the spring, Guyer coach John Walsh has named Devin Jefferson and Kaedric Cobbs as his newest 1-2 punch in Guyer's run-based attack, and that was evident Thursday.
Cobbs, who moved in from Class 4A Melissa after earning MaxPreps Freshman All-America honors last season — an honor Cain received after his freshman season at Guyer — showed flashes of brilliance with a 90-yard catch-and-run touchdown and a 40-yard scamper as he racked up 147 total yards.
"He's got a big lower body that he needs to use, and I think in the last two weeks of spring he figured out what he needs to do to be a great Class 6A back," Walsh said. "He has to keep his shoulders square and use his power — and yeah, he can run."
While Cobbs is built like a wrecking ball and can squat 420 pounds as a freshman, Jefferson is smaller in frame but equal in ability. The tandem has Walsh comfortable with what he has next season in addition to Kaleel Rhoden, who rushed for 25 yards after serving as the junior varsity running back last season.
"We'll play to both of their strengths," Walsh said of Cobbs and Jefferson. "I like Kaedric between the tackles, and I like Devin outside the tackles. But I think Kaleel showed enough that we have to use him too."
Cobbs said he's quickly grown comfortable playing at a higher level of high school football, and with an offensive line that features TCU commit John Lanz, who didn't play Thursday night, he said he and his fellow backs will have plenty of success.
"We have a great offensive line, and I think that was a big part of Noah Cain's success here," Cobbs said. "With that offensive line, I think all of us will have a lot of success."
The Wildcats have averaged well north of 300 yards per game on the ground the last two seasons and been among the 6A leaders in team rushing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Walsh doesn't see those numbers changing much when the season kicks off in August.
"Our O-line is going to be really good, and with Kaedric and Jefferson and Kaleel, I don't think our running game is going to take a single step back," he said.
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