RB Sean Dollars of Rancho Cucamonga talks about replacing Jaylon Redd. pic.twitter.com/d3zkHfkpjj
— Michelle Gardner (@MGardnerSports) August 12, 2017
Sean Dollars has big shoes to fill and he knows it.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound junior will step into a leading role this season as a running back for the defending Baseline League champion Rancho Cougamonga Cougars. Just how daunting of a task is that? Well he is replacing Jaylon Redd. And all Redd did was run for 1,693 yards and 25 touchdowns. He led the Cougars to an undefeated regular season, earned All-CIF honors and was named Inland Valley Player of the Year.
Doillars is pretty good too. He ran for 443 on 44 carries (11.2 avg.) in relief of Redd, mostly when the game was out of hand and coach Nick Baiz was just trying to run out the clock.
Rancho is one of those programs that prides itself on having players step up when given the chance and Dollars will be evidence of that.
He was used in relief last year as a sophomore and yet he already has eight major college offers – UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State, Utah, Washington, Colorado. Nebraska and TCU.
Dollars admits Oregon has always been his “dream” school but that doesn’t mean that school is a slam dunk at landing him. Ironically, Redd is at Oregon now, along with former Rancho teammate Thomas Graham.
Rivals has Dollars ranked fifth at his position, 43rd nationally and fourth in the state for players in his class.
With a good season in a high-profile role who knows how many more will come.
“He was a great player but I am my own player,” said Dollars, who will wear Redd’s No. 5. “I know I have big shoes to fill but I am ready for the challenge. I watched him a lot and I have watched a lot of film. I am looking forward for my chance to shine.”
Baiz is confident Dollars will be an impact player as well.
“People saw enough of him last year to know what he is capable of,” Baiz said. “I think he learned a lot by watching Jaylon last year and he will be that guy for us this year.”
Is Dollars actually faster than Redd? Baiz won’t go that far.
“Jaylon was faster than most cars in the parking lot,” he laughed.