Fuller’s Success Continues Into Senior Season

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Austin Fuller and the rest of Richlands’ (VA) senior class certainly are used to winning. The class has contributed to the team’s 32 consecutive regular season win streak, a streak they hope to continue tonight versus an undefeated Abingdon Falcons squad. The Blue Tornados (3-0) are coming off a hard-fought victory over Powell Valley last Friday.

“It doesn’t feel like we’re going to lose,” said Fuller, whose team defeated Powell Valley 27-19 last week. “We were losing last week at halftime and it was the first time we have been losing at halftime since my freshman or sophomore year. It just didn’t feel like we were going to lose.

“If we lost, I’d probably go into a funk for a week (laughs).”

As a junior last season, the 6-2, 195-pound Fuller made 57 receptions for 1,092 yards and 15 touchdowns. He added four rushing touchdowns. This season, he estimates that he spends about 30-percent of the time at quarterback and also sees time at running back, but primarily he is playing wide receiver. On defense, he plays free safety. He plays on special teams as well, so he rarely comes off the field.

Targeted by the opposing defense week to week, Fuller is a tough player to stop. He tallied 215 all-purpose yards in last week’s win against Powell Valley. He scored all four of Richlands’ touchdowns including two rushing, one receiving and one punt return.

Next year, Fuller will take his versatility and playmaking ability to Virginia Tech. Right now, his ultimate position for the Hokies is in question although he does have a few thoughts on the matter.

“I think I’ll play either wide receiver or they’ll put some meat on me and I’ll play rover or maybe tight end,” Fuller said. “If I ended up at wide receiver, I would predominately be a possession receiver. I don’t care where I play, though. I just want to be on the field.”

Fuller was in attendance for Virginia Tech’s season opener versus East Carolina and enjoyed the experience. There, he met up with another Tech 2008 class recruit.

“When I went up to the ECU game, I met Jake Johnson,” Fuller said. “He is a big guy from Stafford. He is a pretty cool guy. I got to