The Tuscaloosa Central Falcons' 7-3 regular season was not expected in 2006. They lost a heartbreaker in overtime (33-32) to Thomasville in one of the most riveting play-off games of the year. That was a vast improvement over the 1-9 season they had the previous year.
We spoke with Derrick Cade about his upcoming season and his recruitment.
Cade rushed for 950 yards in 2006 with eight touchdowns and added another 130 yards receiving.
When asked strengths Cade replied, "Running over people. My acceleration. Hitting the hole quick. Catching the ball out of the backfield. I'm a power runner."
"I'm a leader, and I bring a good attitude and experience to the team."
Cade is also a shooting guard for Central's basketball team.
He talked about his off-season work-out and what he seeks to improve.
"I'm working on my speed (4.54 forty-yard dash), hitting the holes quicker and running the spread offense," he said.
Cade talked of the things he likes of his favorites.
"Well, LSU I like because they have a good team," he said. "They have good coaches. They work with the players a lot, and I can learn a lot from them."
"Virginia Tech is a good team and coached well."
Cade plans to attend several summer camps and especially the camps at LSU and Virginia Tech.