Last season, Hunter Babeck ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a back up role. This season, Babeck has been asked to lead the team on and off the field, and he has made the transition look easy.
"He gives 100 percent and when we sat down as a staff this summer and at the end of the season last year, we had him penciled in as our top running back and he certainly hasn't disappointed," says
Babeck has earned the reputation as a tough runner who will fight for every last yard, a trait he says he learned from years of wrestling.
"It helps you to be more aggressive and not tentative sitting back. I mean, wrestling is individual, you're by yourself. So playing running back sometimes it comes down to you and you have to get those tough yards by yourself," says Babeck.
That aggressive running style has made it for his teammates who are blocking for him.
"He gets past you pretty quick. Just got to make sure you hit your guy hard and move fast enough for Hunter," says Preston Romfo.
"He has a big motor so he can keep moving his feet and get through the defense pretty quick so it's easy blocking for him," says Michael Scherr.
Being an aggressive runner does have it's downside...it leaves your vulnerable to injury; something Hunter has had to deal with through out his playing career.
"It's been hard sometimes to get back into the play of things and come to practice every single day but being in wrestling too you know you got to be able to bounce back," says Babeck.
That attitude is something that has brushed off on the entire team...and the coaching staff has taken notice.
"I can't say enough about his tenacity that he brings to the offensive side of the football. And we will be riding his shirt tail quite a bit down the stretch," says Wingenbach.
If this season has been any indication, than Babeck will be more than ready for the challenge.