Not every prep star gets five from the school mascot or kids mobbing him, but Belaire running back Daquan Hicks is not your typical guy when he steps on the football field. In ten games, Hicks rushed for 1,871 yards and 20 touchdowns, even though opponents knew he was getting the ball.
"I can tell you the first person that touches me isn't going to bring me down. I can tell you that for sure," Hicks said.
"He's one of the most talented kids I ever coached. In my 17 years of coaching, I'd say I'd put him in the top three," said Belaire head coach Claude Coleman. "And he's not afraid of anything. He gives it to you night in and night out, 120 percent.
"He had to carry the load. We'd be in a terrible situation without this young man. He was our workhorse. He gave it to us night in and night out. Averaged over 200 yards a game during district. Carried the ball about 30 to 40 times a game. He scored about 75 percent of our touchdowns."
When several teammates transferred, the Bengals moved the 5-foot-7, 175-pound slot receiver to running back. To carry the load for a team that won just five games his first three years, Hicks hit the weight room. The result? 5 wins and 5 more touchdowns on kick returns.
"I love kickoff return because with my speed and my capabilities it's like they have to really scheme on special teams," said Hicks. "It's not just look go down cover the kick. Everyone has to stay in the lanes when they kick to No. 6 or else it's going to be a long night."
"He returned three in the first two games. They kept kicking him the ball. I'm like why they keep kicking this guy the ball. Every time he got the ball he would run it back for a touchdown," said Coleman. "But I guess when we got into district play the coaches were smart to say look we are not kicking this guy the ball. He was a leader for us. I'm going to miss him. I just wish he had a little brother."
Hicks is drawing interest from Grambling, Jackson State and Louisiana Tech.
The winner of the Sportsline Player of the Year Award will be announced at this year's Warrick Dunn banquet on Wednesday, January 27.
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