September 29, 2010

2012 Memphis ATH impressed with Tide

The Memphis area continues to produce some of the South's top athletes year in and year out and one of the top emerging players in the area for the Class of 2012 is Memphis East athlete Brian Kimbrow. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound playmaker lines up at both running back and receiver at various times for Memphis East and through six games this season is averaging over 150 yards per game rushing.

"So far, my season is going pretty good. Right now I've got 11 touchdowns for the season and I feel pretty good about my role in the offense," Kimbrow said. "As a team, we've got some improvements we need to make as far as consistency but I think we have what it takes to be a great team."

Kimbrow spent the offseason focusing on making himself into a more complete football player, working to improve much more than just his running and ball carrying skills.

"As a running back, I feel like I have good vision and good patience as far as running behind my blockers but the things I really pride myself on are my blocking and my receiving. I think being able to block for your quarterback and being able to catch screens and short passes are the things that separate a good running back from a great running back and I've really worked hard to be strong in those areas."

Already holding offers from SEC powers Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Auburn, Kimbrow also recently picked up an offer from the defending national champions at Alabama. Kimbrow said the thing that impressed him most about the Tide is their will to win, which they demonstrated last weekend in Fayetteville.

"Alabama just finds ways to win games. When they played Arkansas, they never gave up, even when they got down by a pretty big margin. They believed they were going to win and they found a way to make it happen. That's an attitude you have to have to win championships and I think it all comes from Coach Saban."

"I really wanted to make it to the Alabama-Florida game this weekend but I was already committed to doing some volunteer work. I will definitely try to make it down to an Alabama game at some point this year."

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