COPPERAS COVE, Texas – Tyler Middleton (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro College) has been clocked in the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds. Ironically, those numbers represent the area code for his hometown of Midland, Texas.
On Saturday, the speedy running back made Midland, Navarro and the schools recruiting him very happy. Middleton rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on only seven carries to help a 30-23 win against Georgia Military College in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl. For his efforts, he was named the game’s most valuable player.
“This was a shocking experience,” Middleton said. “I was kind of nervous at the end, but I knew we could pull through if we just played as a team. I wasn’t expecting the MVP, though.”
A 6-foot, 180-pound running back, Middleton’s stock has quietly risen since the start of the year. Because of Navarro’s incredible depth at running back -- SMU commit Traylon Shead leads a crew of four potential runners -- Middleton basically gets his stats on minimal carries. On Saturday, he made two of his seven attempts count with a 64-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 46-yard touchdown run in the fourth.
Schools such as Louisiana Tech, Arkansas, Texas Tech and Kansas have taken an interest in his explosiveness. He had a North Texas offer out of high school. Middleton said he’s still keeping his options open and is looking for an FBS home that will show his talents the most.
“I just come out and work my hardest. I go out and run like it,” Middleton said. “I work hard in practice and come to the game and perform.”