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A Quiet Superstar

By Emory Hunt
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One running back that’s routinely left off lists and out of conversations is Larry Rose III of New Mexico State, but the tailback has put together an excellent career so far for the Aggies.

Coming into the 2017 season, if you were to ask anyone about their choice for the top running backs in college football you would’ve heard the same cast of characters: Derrius Guice, Saquon Barkley, Mike Weber, Kalen Ballage and Royce Freeman. All are great backs and definitely worthy of being praised. One running back that’s routinely left off lists and out of conversations is Larry Rose III of New Mexico State. The 5’11 195lb tailback has put together an excellent career so far for the Aggies. 

Rose grew up in Fairfield, Texas, which sits in between Dallas and Houston. We know how big Texas high school football is and what it means to entire cities and regions across the state. With all of the attention paid by scouts to that state, it’s surprising that a player like Rose who rushed for 2,924 yards and 49 touchdowns as senior, leading his team to the state title game in the process, didn’t have a ton of offers coming out of high school. New Mexico State saw something special in Rose and was able to land the Class 3A Offensive Player of the Year and 1st Team All-State back.

The early returns on that investment has been positive for both Rose and the Aggies. New Mexico State is a program that’s trying to find its identity and struggles with consistency, but has found consistency within their running game because of the exploits of the explosive gamebreaker. Rose has been a starter since his freshman season rushing for over 1,100 yards and followed that up with a 1,657 yard effort as a sophomore, earning him both All-Conference and All-American honors, taking home the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year award as well. Even in an injury-plagued junior season, Rose finished with over 860 yards at 5.4 yards per carry.

This is the last season the Aggies have with the guy they believed in since high school and Rose would love to show the ultimate sign of gratitude to the program by leading them to their first bowl game since 1960. Rose is on the Senior Bowl Watch List and hopes to run his way to Mobile, Alabama and ultimately to the NFL.

If history is of any indication, then there shouldn’t be any doubt that the runner from Fairfield, Texas will end up playing on Sundays.

Emory Hunt - Emory Hunt, "The Czar of the Playbook", is a former UL Ragin' Cajun running back nw covering the Sun Belt for Southern Pigskin. His other work can be found at FootballGameplan.com. Twitter: @FBallGameplan