On Aug. 31, 2015 running back Chris Warren (Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall) rushed for 42 yards in his first game as a varsity player. While it may not seem like much, it needs to be established that he only rushed four times, averaging 10.5 yards per carry.
Warren’s true worth to Rockwall became apparent in his second game last Friday. Warren, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound sophomore, rushed 27 times for 243 yards and scored six touchdowns -- including the game-winner with less than four minutes remaining -- in Rockwall’s 41-37 victory against Rowlett, Texas.
“I actually was surprised by the yardage and carries,” Warren said, “but it didn’t really hit me until I was done and at home.”
“What he did was quite a feat,” added Rockwall head coach Scott Smith. “It showed that he’s disciplined and a team guy. Right after the game, he was giving credit to the defense and his offensive line. As great a player he is, he’s an even better person. He’s a joy to be around, a real team player.”
Warren averaged nine yards per carry in the game and, for the season, is averaging 9.2 yards per rush -- somewhat impressive for the average back. Warren, however, isn’t the average back. He’s the son of former NFL running back Chris Warren, who spent 11 seasons with the Seahawks, Cowboys and Eagles.
Recruiting-wise, the younger Warren has received early correspondence from Alabama, Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arizona State and Duke. Baylor, Texas Tech, Alabama have contacted him the most frequently.
The elder Warren is an assistant coach at his alma mater, Division III Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va. The sophomore said he has benefited from his father’s advice not only as a running back but also as a football player overall.
“All of the advice he has given me was a blessing to receive,” Warren said of his father. “He has also taught me to digest film better so I can read defenses, and it’s helped me be like a second quarterback on the field.”
“He’s grown up and been around the game. His knowledge of the game is valuable,” Smith added. “He really understands the game. He has great work habits, and he gets out and gets to work. He’s just a very gifted athlete.”
Warren is hoping to continue his statistical trend Friday against Coppell, Texas.