Coming into his senior year, Micah Eugene was one of South Louisiana's better known defensive backs, but no one foreseen the development of the "5-10", 190-pound athlete into one of the state's better prep running backs. Eugene as amassed over 1,896 yards on 183 carries and 24 TDs sharing the workload with two teammates during the 2010 season.
"When coached asked me to help out at running back on offense I was excited," stated Eugene. Once I started feeling comfortable running the ball, I wanted to play more reps on offense, but coach told me they needed me on defense as well. I will do anything to help the team win of course, but I always want to get more carries in a game."
Micah was more then happy to talk about last weekend's big win against cross-town rival St. Thomas More high, but also wanted to focus on West Monroe.
"The St. Thomas More game was a huge win," Micah said. "After we lost the first game, we had to swallow a little pride and listen to some of their smack about being the better team. In preparing for the game, we looked at what we did wrong and went out there in practice during the week and made corrections. I knew once we lined up Friday night, we were the better team and we let the results on the field speak for themselves. There was a little smack talk before the game and during the first few minutes, but once we got on top of them, you didn't hear any of that stuff."
Eugene is now focus on West Monroe and the 5A state championship game Saturday in the Super Dome.
"We watched some game film of them Monday and they are big up front," stated Eugene. "They have some very good skilled people in Turner and Cain, but they are similar to us in that they want to control the ball and physically get after you on both sides of the ball. Our offenses are different, but we are similar in our approaches on the field and I think we will match up with them well on both sides of the ball physically."
While Micah Eugene has continued to impress on the field, offers have been slow to come from college football programs.
"I haven't received any offers yet, but I'm still hearing from a number of schools like LSU, Alabama, UL and a few others," Micah said. "I think if I can improve my ACT score, the offers will happen for me in January. I've worked hard in the classroom this year, currently maintaining a 3.2 GPA this semester."
Micah Eugene scored a 16 on his previous ACT exam and has scheduled another test in January.
West Monroe seeks to cap off a perfect season for the second year in a row tonight in the Louisiana…