Lynchburg Christian (Lynchburg, VA) received a big boost to its backfield at the beginning of last season – literally. 6-2, 260 pound Rashad Jennings, who transferred from Jefferson Forest before the start of last season, was penciled in as the fullback starter for head coach Wayne Lance’s offense.
It did not take long to realize that Jennings had the ability to play tailback as well. He moved to starting tailback a few games into the season, and made the most of his new opportunity.
“I can’t say enough about Rashad,” said Lance. “He moves extremely well for a player his size. He was timed at some summer camps at 4.65 in the 40 yard dash. He started off the year at fullback for us, but we decided he would be better off at tailback. Rashad rushed for 1,300 yards on 142 carries and scored 23 touchdowns.”
Jennings did pretty well on defense as well. He played outside linebacker and defensive end in coach Lance’s 3-4 defense. He made 89 tackles on the season with nine tackles-for-loss.
Jennings’ Lynchburg Christian experience has been a good one thus far. He is happy to have a chance to play.
“I never really got the chance to play at Jefferson Forest,” said Jennings, whose brother Bryan is a former Virginia Tech tight end (1992-1996) and current coach for Lynchburg Christian. “I would work hard in practice and still wouldn’t play. They finally put me in for my last game and I scored four touchdowns. I transferred to Lynchburg Christian after that, and it’s been a real positive experience. It was fun playing tailback last year.”
Transferring has also helped Jennings become more of a leader as well. He has a tremendous work ethic which not only helps his own game, but sets an example for everyone else.
“He has tremendous work ethic,” said Lance of Jennings. “Following the end of last year, I told our players to take a month off and come back in January to start preparing for next year. One week later, Rashad was back in the weight room lifting and watching film to get ready for next season. He is a very hard worker.”
This summer, Jennings has attended the Nike Camp in Blacksburg as well as camps at Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, and Wake Forest. He has received official offers from Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. He wants to make a decision soon, however does not have any current favorites.
“I would like to commit before the season starts,” said Jennings. “If I don’t know where I want to go by then, I will wait to make a decision. I don’t have...
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