FLC football signs an Olympian

Skyhawks add another skill player to the mix

Already one deep with a speedster in the stable, Fort Lewis College football added more legs to its offensive backfield.

Kyle Brown is transferring from San Diego Mesa College to FLC, new Skyhawks’ head coach John L. Smith announced Friday in a news release to The Durango Herald.

“Kyle is an older kid who has some experience,” Smith said.

Brown, a 5-11, 195-pound running back, played two seasons for the San Diego Mesa College Olympians. He rushed for 680 yards and three touchdowns on 130 carries his sophomore season for a 5 yards per carry average. He was an honorable mention on his conference honor roll, and he was a Pacific Coast Player of the Week.

“He has a lot of toughness about him, and I think he’ll help us a lot,” Smith said. “He’s definitely going to come in and compete for that spot. We’re trying to gain some depth at that position.”

Brown joins fellow running back Ameer Deggs in Smith’s 11-player recruiting class.

Deggs, a 5-9, 170-pound running back, is transferring from Eastern Arizona College.

“He’s a little bit smaller, but the thing you don’t sacrifice is speed,” Smith said of Deggs in an earlier news release around national signing day. “We have to do our best to get the ball in his hands. He has the chance to break it any time he touches it.”

Like Deggs, Brown also ran track and field in high school. A former league MVP in high school football, Brown set school records at Coronado High School in Meridian, Miss., in the 100-meter dash (11.00) and triple jump (45’5”).

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