“He made some really good football players say, ‘Screw it, I don’t want to play anymore.’”
Raym was one of two juniors on the offensive line, joining three seniors. Each member of the group boasted a GPA of 3.5 or higher and they were all returning starters.
Their experience, size and strength led to a huge season from senior running back Noah Cortes, who rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 35 touchdowns as huge holes opened all season with the Tigers committed to a power-run attack.
“You can run any offense, you can run five wide all of the team if you can block people all of the time,” said Alexander, a former NFL offensive lineman. “You block everybody, it doesn’t matter what offense you run.
“Noah is a big, strong, tough kid that can handle 30 carries a game. It’s also easy when you can run behind those monsters.”
And Raym is the prize of the group.
With scholarship offers from all over the country, he committed as a sophomore to Oklahoma. But he reopened his commitment this season, adding even more offers.
Like quitting baseball, it was a calculated decision.