With more than 300 participants at the skill-position athletes’ session at Friday’s TCU camp, it was difficult for anyone to stand out. Running back Bryan Driskell (McKinney, Texas/Boyd) used the camp simply as another opportunity to compete.
Driskell was one of more than 50 running backs in Fort Worth looking to impress TCU coaches. What coaches and analysts first noticed about Driskell was his physical appearance. He’s now 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds and has put on roughly 10 pounds of muscle since the start of the 2011 season.
“I’ve been eating a lot better, more fruits and vegetables, more things nutritious. I think that’s starting to help,” Driskell said. “We have early-morning workouts at our school, and then later in the day, I go and work out on my own.”
Driskell, who has a Navy offer, said he’s on a mission to make the most out of his upcoming senior season. Credit part of that drive to him listening to the tutelage of his father, Stanley Driskell, who played quarterback at Duke in the late 1970s.
Driskell said he’s preparing for three camps in the next 10 days. He will participate in a Baylor camp on Friday, a Houston camp on Tuesday and a Texas State camp on Wednesday.
Driskell’s resume includes an outstanding 2011 season. He rushed for 2,072 yards and 28 touchdowns and showed his durability by carrying the ball 317 times. From a conditioning standpoint, Driskell bench presses 290 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds.
Driskell has received interest from Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa State, Northwestern, Memphis and several other schools.