AURORA, Neb. – McCook, Neb., defensive end and Kansas commit Tyrone Sellers had a big task at hand Friday night when he was going head-to-head against one of the state of Nebraska's top 2010 prospects.
He exceeded all expectations by helping his team beat Aurora and highly-regarded junior lineman Andrew Rodriguez 42-7 in a sloppy rainy game.
Sellers, who is 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, definitely played well against Rodriguez, a 6-foot-6, 298-pound tackle that is the only junior in the state of Nebraska with a scholarship offer from the Cornhuskers.
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"I practiced my footwork and hand speed all week." Sellers said. "I really didn't do anything out of the ordinary to prepare for this week."
His ordinary was definitely extraordinary.
The three-star weakside defensive end had two sacks, five hurries and five tackles. Sellers seemingly beat Rodriguez off the ball on almost every play and seemed to be around the ball on every running play.
"I think I did pretty well tonight." Sellers said. " It was hard to keep my footing out here in the rain and mud, but I thought I still preformed pretty well."
Sellers committed to Kansas in July and hasn't looked back. He said he's still pumped about getting to play for the Jayhawks.
"They are going to let me play the position I want to play in college," Sellers said when talking about why he picked KU. "I am a defensive end at heart. Most schools wanted me to play linebacker, but I feel I can play end in college."
Sellers also has offers from Kansas State, Wyoming and Iowa. Sellers said he plans on taking an unofficial visit to Kansas to watch a game in the next two weeks, but is not sure which weekend he will go.
After the game, Rodriguez was obviously upset after losing in blowout fashion.
However, he did say he's likely going to commit to Nebraska here in the near future.
The pledge would give the Huskers a nice start in state as Rodriguez has plenty of talent and ability to work with.