Athlete of the Week: Knights’ Rucker Earns Honor
The Tyler Star News Athlete of the Week for September 4, 2019, is Tyler Consolidated senior running back Mark Rucker. Although the Knights fell to Ritchie County in their season debut Rucker had a monster game gaining 186 yards on 17 carries for a 10.9- yard average, and two T.D.’s.
Rucker also played the entire game on the defensive side of the ball and returned punts and kickoffs. A three-year starter for the Knights, Rucker gained over 1.500 yards rushing last season and added over 600 receiving. His start this season sets up a big showdown on Friday night when the Doddridge Bulldogs come to town with their own star running back.
Rucker has the speed and strength to score every time he touches the ball, keep your eyes on him the rest of the season as he’s just getting started and is sure to provide plenty of excitement for the home crowd.
He’s a great high school athlete who really loves to compete and gives 100 percent every time he steps on the playing surface.