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September 7, 2013

DuBose has goals of more yards, more wins

ST. PETER — Running backs are measured by 1,000-yard season, and Gustavus Adolphus senior Jeffrey DuBose has come close.

But even though DuBose will likely end his Gustavus career in the top 10 for career rushing yards, that 1,000-yard season has eluded him.

“This year, my goal is more than 1,000 yards,” DuBose said. “I have a lot of confidence in the (offensive) line.”

DuBose, one of the Gusties’ captains, begins his senior season Sept. 14 at home against Simpson College, and even though he’s played in 27 of 30 games in his first three seasons, he’s hoping to avoid the nagging injuries that have kept him from posting more prolific numbers.

“Staying healthy has been the focus of my training,” DuBose said. “I want to get back to playing freely with no problems.”

DuBose’s best season came as a freshman, when he rushed for 721 yards and four touchdowns with a career-best 174 carries. His sophomore totals were 574 yards and seven touchdowns, and despite missing three games for an injured knee, he rushed for 665 yards and seven touchdowns, earning all-MIAC honors and a preseason All-America award.

“That just shows that the work I’ve put him over the last four years has paid off,” said DuBose, who is also completing his degree in physics. “My coaches and teammates believe in me, and there wouldn’t be any yards without them. The team has put me in that position, and it kind of boosts morale for everyone when you get awards.”

That gives him 1,960 yards in his career, which ranks 11th at Gustavus. He needs 120 more yards to crack the top 10 and 800 to reach to the top five, and 1,000 yards would push him to fourth.

“The thing that stands out about him is the consistent intensity,” coach Peter Haugen said. “He plays hard, whether he has the ball in his hands or not. He has high expectations for himself and for the team.”

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