Muldrow back to carry the load

Sierra running back drawing interest from Pac-10 after 1,894-yard season
By: Scott Johnston Special to the Journal
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As far as encore performances go Lamon Muldrow definitely has his work cut out for him this fall. Last season while slicing and dicing defenses for a Sierra College football squad that piled up its share of records while reaching the NorCal Championship game, Muldrow accumulated numbers of astronomical proportion. Including Sierra’s 24-10 lose to San Francisco City in the Hawaiian Punch Bowl, Muldrow ran for 1,894 yards and 19 touchdowns to lead the state. The Wolverines finished the year 9-2 overall and 5-0 in the Valley Conference and were ranked 3rd in California and 5th in the nation. A hands down choice for Valley Conference Offensive player of the year, the 5-foot 9 inch, 215-pound Muldrow joined quarterback Kevin Will, wide receivers Carl Moore and Ryan Hedberg, offensive linemen Clint Lenard and David Peterson, linebackers Julian Smith and Bryson Littlejohn, defensive linemen Christian Martinez and Chris Crank and kicker Scottie Enos as first team selections. During one three-game stretch in October, Muldrow rolled up 753 yards and six touchdowns, including a state-best 286 yards and four TDs in a win over Delta, earning him the California Community College Athletic Association male athlete of the month award. And while he appreciates the recognition, Muldrow is the first to admit the trophies and accolades mean nothing now. “I can’t take anything for granted,” said Muldrow, who gained 200-plus yards in each of Sierra’s five conference games. “I’m always trying to be a step faster. Last year I hardly worked out at all, but this year I’ve been working out three times a week. My goal is to stay focused and get to the next level.” Following a senior season at Cordova High in which he complied 2,303 yards and 28 touchdowns, Muldrow appeared headed to Fresno State. However academic difficulty forced him to change course and head to Rocklin, a cut back that has paid huge dividends for all parties involved. And while his accomplishments between the lines are well documented, Muldrow has been scoring in the classroom as well, earning a 3.0 GPA last year. “Sierra has been a great move for me,” he said. “I really feel ready to move on the to next level on the field and academically as well.” Featuring a slew of all-conference talent last season, the Wolverines will open 2008 with four freshmen on the offensive line, three freshmen wide outs and a freshmen quarterback. “Our line is new, but they have the potential to be as good or better than last year,” said Muldrow. “And I think our receivers will turn out to be silent but deadly and may be able to sneak up on people in the beginning.” But until those young players prove themselves, Muldrow and head coach Jeff Tisdel expect to see plenty of traffic between the tackles. “Last season we had guys like Carl Moore who would get double and triple teamed,” said Tisdel. “That opened up more space for Lamon in the box. Now with the new receivers other teams are going to force us to beat them with the passing game. Right now I’d say he’s the best back I’ve ever had. He has such great field vision and is so patient reading blocks, he’s plenty good enough to get his yards regardless of what defenses do.” It’s that make-something-out-of-nothing ability that has Division I schools across the country taking notice. Ranked as the No. 2 running back in the nation by, Muldrow has drawn interest from the Pacific 10 Conference’s University of Arizona and Washington State. And while playing in the powerful Pac-10 is a goal, Muldrow has his sites set on landing with a top-25 school no matter the location or conference. “The Pac-10 would be great,” he said. “But I just want to go to a school where we have a chance to win and then see what happens from there. Hopefully one day I’ll hear my name called at the NFL draft.”