CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When the season began, Jordan Tucker was supposed to be one of Buffalo's offensive weapons. But many nights, he's been the only one.
The junior running back has been forced to carry the load for the winless Bison (0-5), which has been beset by more than its fair share of injuries.
Through five games, Tucker has run for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns, ranking him among the statewide leaders in Class A. He's also tallied three more TDs on return plays and two more on receptions for a total of 15 and, with three conversions, 96 overall points.
"It's all been on his shoulders, no doubt,'' said Buffalo coach Mike Sawyer. "I knew he could do it. He's the fastest kid I've ever coached. He worked hard in the offseason. He always does what you ask and never complains. He works hard in the weight room.''
Tucker has turned in a pair of monster games so far for the Bison, carrying 34 times for 323 yards and four TDs against Class AA Poca and running 30 times for 293 yards and five scores in a 61-46 loss last week at Gilmer County.
It wasn't supposed to be that way for Tucker or the youthful Bison. But when the injuries started to claim most of the few experienced players on the roster, well, Tucker had to tuck it and run.