Justin Fulton is looking forward to playing in Saturday night's Oklahoma Eight-Man Football Coaches Association all-star game.
It's the precursor of things to come for the former Bluejacket standout.
Fulton, who has signed with McPherson (Kan.) College, was one of 72 players who checked in Tuesday to begin preparation for Saturday night's game.
“It should be a great opportunity,” said Fulton. “They were the best for what I was going (to school) for.”
Fulton's planning on majoring in biology since he wants to become a wildlife biologist.
“They want him to be a kick returner, but their starting tailback was injured, so there's an opportunity right there,” said Bluejacket head coach Ronnie Simmons, who is a counselor for the Gold all-stars.
Fulton led the state in kickoff returns the last two years.
He rushed for 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior, then had 1,900 yards and 27 TDs as a senior while running behind an inexperienced line.
“Running back is a position that we needed to add depth,” McPherson head coach Brian Webb said in a press release. “Justin received a lot of attention as a player during his high school career and was incredibly productive.
“He has good speed and is very physical.” Webb said. “He is good at running the ball both inside and outside. He was also an outstanding special team player in high school, so he is another player that will be versatile enough to help us eventually in many different areas.”
Players had their first practice Tuesday afternoon, then were to settle in to a schedule that saw them work out at 9 a.m. today, Thursday and Friday.
Fulton spent the bulk of Tuesday's initial practice in the backfield.
“I would rather play offense,” he said. “I've never liked defense. I would prefer running the ball.”
A combine, coordinated by Northeastern A&M assistant coach Don Bigby, was planned this afternoon, with a cruise on the Cherokee Queen on tap for tonight.
Players were to go swimming then relax Thursday night at the First Christian Church youth center.
“It's going to be fun,” Fulton said. “I've been looking forward to it. I set my goal for that.”
Fulton has been working out in anticipation for the game and the start of camp at McPherson.
“He's been getting after it the last three weeks,” Simmons said. “He's at 205 right now so he's 20 over his playing weight from high school. We'll see how far he can take it.”