DeKarlos “DK” Billingsley took the handoff on the first play of Scottsboro’s preseason jamboree and put together an impressive, tackle-breaking 27-yard run, displaying a mixture of power, speed and quickness in the process.
A few plays later, he capped the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run, then started Scottsboro’s next possession with a 53-yard run.
Before the two-quarter scrimmage was over, the senior running back had accumulated 151 yards on only 15 carries while scoring three touchdowns.
But the biggest takeaway from Billingsley’s performance was the most obvious — he’s healthy again. And that’s bad news for opposing defenses.
“That was the healthy DK, without a doubt,” Scottsboro head coach Patrick Nix said. “He showed a lot of speed and quickness, good vision and power and toughness to break tackles.”
Billingsley, who burst onto the local football scene when he rushed for 400-plus yards in a junior high game, ran for 1,840 yards and 21 touchdowns during his sophomore season. Last year, his production was down because of injury, but how many backs would love to have a season of 1,062 yards and 11 TDs?
The main issue with Billingsley last season was a foot injury that hampered him virtually the entire season. He played through the pain and still managed another all-state season (he’s a two-time all-state performer).
Nix lauded Billingsley’s work this offseason, so he wasn’t surprised to see DK’s work on the field last Thursday.
The offseason also saw Billingsley land two scholarship offers, the first from Kentucky Christian and the second from Troy. Shortly after, Billingsley verbally committed to the Trojans in a heart-felt message posted to Twitter.
Troy and Kentucky Christian got a head start on in the recruiting game on Billingsley, because if he has the type of season he’s expected to have, more offers are about to roll in.
Billingsley’s going to rack up yardage this season, which send him farther up the all-time rushing list in SHS history. Regardless of where he finishes on that list, Scottsboro football history will speak well of Billingsley, because DK is everything you want in a running back.