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Warren makes impact in first season at Erie

The cold weather got to Danny Warren. But that's the only thing giving him trouble.

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Former Thomson Running Back Danny Warren makes a long run for his new team, Erie Community College.
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A running back on Thomson's 2002 state championship team from last year, Warren has found himself in the starting lineup at Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY. He began the year at ECC on the second string, but midway though the season, he played a key role in the backfield.

Even though Warren didn't get much playing time this year, he kept working, and it paid off.

"He just didn't get the chance to run the ball as much," said Warren's mother Valerie. "He didn't get frustrated with that because he understood."

Warren's first job for ECC was kickoff return. But according to Head Football Coach Dennis Greene, he proved himself worthy of a shot at starting at running back next season.

"It was a tough adjustment," Coach Greene said. "We spot played him in the backfield a little bit. When he got his opportunity, boy he shined."

ECC went 7-3 on the season. And Warren was the team's third leading rusher with 284 yards and three touchdowns on 43 carries. He also had four receptions for 31 yards during the season. On kickoff duty, Warren took four returns for a total of 41 yards.

"I'm expecting bigger things from him next year though because he just got a little taste of it," Coach Greene said. "I'm expecting him to be a role player, a leader coming in next year. ... He's a polite young man, great kid to coach and a hard worker."

During his senior year of high school, Warren had ECC in mind, and it didn't take much to convince the coaching staff that Warren would be a good addition to the team.

"He contacted us," Coach Greene said. "I didn't know anything about him. Then when we got that tape, and I saw film on him; I said 'Oh my God.' Then we pursued him. We were all over him."

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Warren gets tackled during a game earlier this year.
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According to Coach Greene, although Warren may still have some work left ahead of him in the weight room, on the practice field and in the classroom, he could easily find himself in a Division I school eventually.

"You'll see him someplace because he's fast," Coach Greene said. "Everybody likes that speed in the backfield. He's got good hands; he's got good feet. ... If I could teach him how to cut back, he'll be a nasty running back."

Ms. Warren said several schools have contacted her son about transferring after his stint at ECC. Louisiana State University, Florida State, Clemson and Kansas have all shown interest.

"He's excited about all the colleges that are e-mailing him now," Ms. Warren said.



Web posted on Thursday, December 18, 2003











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