King’s senior running back Chris Yand wasn’t about to let a couple of knee injuries slow him down. Instead, he’s looking to complete a healthy and productive senior year.
“I know all about getting time taken away from me, so (you’ve) got to make the most of what you got now,” Yand said.
During his sophomore year, Yand tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in practice. In Week 2 of his junior season, he took what he calls a “cheap shot” in a game, and suffered an inflamed bursa sac in his right knee.
Yand said the injury he suffered in his sophomore year was bad, but that he dealt with it OK. The injury his junior year was a different story.
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“It was junior year that really took a toll on me,” Yand said. “You go home at night and you just kind of bury your head in your pillow, and it’s rough.”
But there was no doubt in his mind that he would return for his senior season.
“You have two things that happen to kids when they get injured,” King’s coach Jim Shapiro said. “They disappear, you never see them, or, a kid like Chris shows up to practice, does whatever he can for the program. … He just wanted to be around it, wanted to be a part of it.”
After Yand’s sophomore season, Shapiro said he knew Yand would be a big player for King’s, and the coach has waited two years to see what Yand could bring.
Yand leads King’s (4-1 and No. 10 in the AP’s 1A poll this week) in carries (52), rushing yards (407) and touchdowns (five). In a three-back system, he has 36 percent of the team’s total rushing yards through five games.
“He gets the kids going, he gets me going,” King’s running-backs coach Roy Coleman said. “If I have to put the ball in anybody’s hands with 10 seconds to go, he’s going to be my guy, hands down.”
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Staff reporter Sandy Ringer contributed to this report.