BISHOPVILLE - When Demetrius DuBose was a freshman on the Lee Central High School varsity football team, the Stallions ran a spread offense under then head coach Baron Turner. DuBose played outside at wide receiver.
After Justin Danner took over …
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After Justin Danner took over as head coach just a couple of weeks prior to the start of his sophomore season, LCHS switched to a run-heavy Wing-T offense.
"When we went to the Wing-T, they wanted me to move to running back," DuBose said. "It was a work in progress for us learning it, but I liked the idea of being a running back."
DuBose certainly took the switch and ran with it, all the way to a scholarship at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.
DuBose, who rushed for over 1,000 yards in his final two years at Lee Central, signed with the Bulldogs on Wednesday in a ceremony at LC's auditorium on National Signing Day.
"I just knew S.C. State is where I wanted to go," DuBose said. "I have family (a sister and a cousin) who went there. It just felt right for me."
DuBose was a key part to the Stallions' turnaround in Danner's three seasons. After Lee Central went 1-9 in Danner's first season, it went 7-4 the next year and DuBose rushed for 1,022 yards and 11 touchdowns on 119 carries.
As LC went 11-2 this season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2A state playoffs, DuBose rushed for 1,125 yards on 122 carries and 12 scores.
Along with being an outstanding running back, Danner said that DuBose was a great leader in many facets.
"He was a vocal leader for us, and he was able to help us in many ways," Danner said. "One thing he did was he was able to help us get in the right plays and help the players get in the right places."
DuBose said he isn't concerned about being part of an offense at S.C. State that incorporates much more of the passing game than what he was part of at LC. Danner doesn't see it being a problem either.
"He went (to Orangeburg) and did some drills for them," Danner said. "He was working outside of the Wing-T and did some receiving drills and showed he could catch the football. I think that helped him a lot."
DuBose also isn't concerned with the fact that Bulldog head coach Buddy Pough is in his final season at S.C. State. He will step down after this upcoming season but will help in the hiring of a new coach.
"I don't think that will be a problem," DuBose said. "The way I feel is that I'm always working to get better and impress my coaches, whoever it is."
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