In a district loaded with running backs, Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair junior Sam McGuffie is making a name for himself. He impressed scouts at several combines this summer being clocked at a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash.
He's not just a combine warrior, either, having already rushed for 408 and three touchdowns in two games this season, leading the Bobcats to a 2-0 record. He went off for 293 yards in his first game against Klein Oak.
"I didn't even think I played that well," McGuffie said. "The coaches came up and told me great game and then I found out I went for 293 yards. My goal is to rush for over 2,500 yards this season and break the single-game rushing yardage for the district. I want to go off for like 500 yards in one game.
"It's weird, the day after the games I'm in working out at like 7:30 in the morning. I never get tired."
McGuffie was a second-team, all-district selection as a sophomore while only starting six games. Pretty impressive seeing that McGuffie was voted behind only Josh Lewis, the Greater Houston area's leading rusher the past two seasons, and D.J. Harper of Cy Creek.
Lewis and Harper are seniors, so the district will be all McGuffie's next season.
"I want to be the best this year," McGuffie said. "Josh is the best player on his team and D.J. is versatile. If you can gain big yards in this district, it's saying something. I've got something to prove against those guys."
McGuffie has shocked many with his athleticism. He reached the state track meet in the long jump and was named to the all-state seven-on-seven team, which culminated in College State, Texas. Cy-Fair got third overall.
"We went against Andrew Luck and Stratford," McGuffie said. "I know he's one of the best in the 2008 class. He really represented us well. We talked a little at seven-on-seven and congratulated each other. He liked my game, and I like his."
As far as recruiting goes, McGuffie is still climbing up school's boards as a junior to watch.
"I'd like to play on the West Coast or Florida," he said. "They really get the most out of their skill players and I like that."