Athlete of the Week: Kendrick Kube
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Kube continues in 'game breaker' play
Editor's note: Throughout the local high school sports season, Culpeper Times will recognize an “Athlete of the Week” from one of the sports. This week we are featuring varsity football. At the end of the year the Times will select a male and female athlete at both Culpeper County and Eastern View high schools and recognize them as “Athlete of the Year” at their respective schools.)
Talk about making a great impression on the 2014 high school football scene, Eastern View’s Kendrick Kube showed why he earned so many post-season accolades last year and why he will be a player to watch again this season.
Last season, he was called a “game breaker” by Eastern View’s head football coach Greg Hatfield. It is a rare occurrence when the first defender brings him down and if he spots an open seam in a defense his next stop will usually be the end zone. He’s that explosive.
In last Friday’s 52-28 victory over the Charlottesville Knights, Kube scored six rushing touchdowns and accumulated 415 yards on 27 carries. To put this stellar performance in perspective, Kube had 574 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns in Eastern View’s first four games last season.
The future is looking incredibly bright for the 17-year-old senior.
“In the off-season I added more weight to my workouts. It was my goal to get bigger and faster,” said Kube. “With any first game there’s some nervousness but once it started and we had some success everything felt comfortable. I think our offensive and defensive lines will be our strengths this season. ”
During the summer, Kube attended a Nike Combine along with football camps at the University of Virginia and Old Dominion University.
One of the most comforting thoughts for any running back is to have a big, fast and intelligent offensive line to lay the blocks and open up rushing lanes. There is also a high level of comfort and understanding with his offensive line built on last year’s success.
“I can’t say enough about our offensive line they make it easier to break big plays,” said Kube. “They are essentially the same line that I ran behind last year, so I’m confident that we can have a very good season.”
Last season, Eastern View found success in the playoffs before meeting a super-sized Woodgrove team that eventually lost in the Virginia state semi-final game to Salem. At the conclusion of the season Kube had earned all-state, all-conference, all-area honors along with 2013 Conference 22’s Offensive Player of the Year award.
In his free time, Kube enjoys playing basketball, listening to music, reading about sports on the internet and spending time with his friends. His favorite subject in school is history.
Perhaps Kube’s largest obstacle to extending his football career to the collegiate level is his height and weight. Despite being seen as a smaller back, Kube has breakaway speed, big-play ability, deceptive strength and plenty of heart. His coaches often state that Kube runs just as hard, if not harder in the fourth quarter of games as he does in the first quarter.
“My size does come up with college recruiters but I hope my results will speak for my abilities,” said Kube. “That’s my goal this season, to show what I can do and put up the numbers. I want to try and open as many opportunities as possible.”
Kube has remained remarkably durable throughout his high school career with only one exception during his sophomore year in a season-opener against Louisa. In the game, he suffered a hip flexor injury that required five weeks of rehabilitation. Since his sophomore year, Kube’s statistics have improved each year.
Kube finished the 2013 regular season with just over 1,500 rushing yards. He also tied former all-state selection Stevie Strother’s total touchdown record with 26.
“This year my goal to help my team get as far as we can and to try to improve on last year’s numbers,” added Kube.
The senior star also credits the support of his mother, family, friends and community.
“The support from my family has always been there,” he added.
The Cyclones host Chancellor this Friday night.
Marshall Conner is a regular contributor with the Culpeper Times. You may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.