"Nazareth senior Cyle Tucker made a major transition to help his team return to the state playoffs.
His switch from defensive line to running back and linebacker has proved beneficial to both sides, and especially so on offense.
“He started for us on the D-line last year and came to us in the offseason wanting to convert to running back and linebacker. It was a great move for us as he really moves our power game,” Nazareth coach Tim Racki said.
The 5-foot-10, 240-pound Tucker used his past experiences on defense to make himself a better running back.
“The biggest challenge for me is trying to switch the mind-set. I think playing defense helped me because it’s easier for me to read defenses and see what kind of formations they’re going to run and I can adjust pretty well,” Tucker said.
The River Forest resident helped right the ship for the Roadrunners in Friday’s 41-0 win over Riverside-Brookfield. The Roadrunners fumbled five times and had three turnovers in the first 20 minutes of the game while protecting a 7-0 lead.
The sure-handed Tucker held onto the ball and dragged defenders to help set up two late second quarter touchdowns and put the Roadrunners in control. He finished with seven carries for 49 yards in the win.
Junior quarterback Jonah Beauduy, the primary QB during those drives, said Tucker is a tough load to bring down."
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