"He was an All-State back," Hottle said Thursday of the Patuxent graduate. "He's a good football player. He's somebody that we expect big things out of, week in and week out. Our biggest thing is, we've got to be careful not to give him the ball too much and not rely on too much of his ability, because he's a special player. We don't want to grind him down too early. But am I surprised by him? Not at all. He's a phenomenal player and can do great things with the football in his hands."