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FC’s Lockett added to Kentucky St. stable

FC’s Lockett added to Kentucky St. stable
FC’s Lockett added to Kentucky St. stable
Fulton City running back Jacquise Lockett was his team’s workhorse the past two seasons.
Now, he’ll get a chance to be a “Thorobred.”
Lockett, who rushed for 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2009 and 1,338 and 11 scores in ’08 for FC, signed a National Letter of Intent on Friday afternoon to play at Kentucky State — an NCAA Division II school in Frankfort.
“I really thought I was going to have to play at a junior college,” a relieved Lockett told The Messenger. “Then, Kentucky State gave me an offer.
“I like the coaches, facilities and atmosphere and I think it be another home for me.”
At Frankfort, Lockett is expected to be in the mix for playing time at the running back position within the Thorobred program.
Bulldog football coach Wayne Lohaus is confident in his now-NCAA signee’s abilities.
“He’s an all-around player that’s led us in rushing and tackles the past two years,” the Fulton coaching veteran said. “The first year might be a little challenging for him, seeing as he came from such a small school, but his athletic ability and heart cannot be questioned.”
The athletic ability and heart that Lohaus spoke of was proven by many of Lockett’s highlight reel plays the past two seasons, which were made without the aid of a large offensive line.
“The line might have gotten Jacquise a yard a play, but he picked up three on his own,” Lohaus said after Lockett signed the necessary paperwork to join the Kentucky State program. “We just weren’t blessed with size up front the past two years and he knew it coming in.
“A lot of kids might have quit or not given their all under similar circumstances, but Jacquise kept plugging away and it’s paid off for him.”
During the ’09 season, Lockett was indeed the only consistent offensive option for the Bulldogs, who finished with a 2-9 mark.
All totaled, Lockett accounted for 1,571 yards of his team’s total 2,048 yards of offense and 114 of FC’s 157 points in the fall.
He was also the key backfield component the year before when Fulton City compiled a 3-7 worksheet.
“I don’t think his durability will be in question,” Lohaus said of his 6-foot-2, 215-pound halfback. “He was in on nearly every offensive and defensive play and he played special teams, as well.
“I couldn’t get him off the field.”
Lockett was also recruited by Itawamba Community College and Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Southern Illinois University and College of Depage also expressed interest in the Fulton City standout.
“He’s a college player,” Lohaus said of Lockett. “I feel like once he gets into a full-time weight program with them that he’ll become a very valuable asset.”
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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