speech and said we’ve been so close that we should just take it,” Outlaw said. “ He told us to go out and win one on the road and that’s what we did.”
Alcovy responded and the region win gives the Tigers a newfound confidence. The Tigers now feel like they can compete on any given day. More importantly, Outlaw said the win gives his team credibility.
“ It felt good to get the win,” he said. “ It was almost like we gained respect because we won at the opponent’s field.”
Outlaw has built a reputation of taking defenders head on and gaining the tough yards. He is comfortable running up the middle or bouncing outside on the edge. But to a man, he said he likes to pound guys at the line.
“ I like to take the ball off tackle but it doesn’t really matter to me,” Outlaw said. “ I want to do whatever helps the team.”
The good start bodes well for coach Kirk Hoffman’s team. With the recent addition of Rod Tolen at quarterback, the Tigers start four seniors on offense. And while Hoffman considers Outlaw his offensive leader, the senior running back is pleased with the development of his teammates.
“ I feel good we’re starting to come together more,” he said. “ Everyone is staring to trust each other and the offensive line is starting to step up. I couldn’t do anything without theme.”
Outlaw also wrestles and said he would like to pursue football or wresting after he graduates. Among his personal goals, he said improving his overall game is at the very top.
“ I’d like to gain over 1,000 yards and maybe score 10 touchdowns,” he said. “ Basically, I’d just like to get better than I was last year.”