Lee packs big punch for GSC

GLENVILLE – Two seasons ago, all Glenville State’s Rahmann Lee did in the final year of West Virginia Conference action was earn all-WVIAC Offensive Freshman of the Year honors by running for 1,357 yards, good for second in the conference.

Last fall in the first year of Mountain East Conference action, all Lee managed to do was lead all backs with 1,407 yards.

Now a redshirt junior for the G-men, the Capitol Heights, Md., native is hoping for another big season. However, one thing he’s not planning on is for another just above .500 campaign.

“The only thing left to upgrade is our record,” said Lee, who is expected to team with former Western Michigan running back Tevin Drake for a solid one-two punch.

“We’ve went 6-5 the last two years in a row. That’s what we’ve got to upgrade now.”

Lee and his teammates, who were picked fourth in the preseason by the MEC coaches, will try and get the season started with a victory when the Pioneers tangle with preseason No. 2 Concord at noon Saturday inside Callaghan Stadium.

“It’s going to be a big test first game versus Concord,” said Lee, who spent time during the summer mentoring youth in Glenville. “Don’t be surprised if we shock the world.

“Concord has like 20 guys returning on offense and defense. Last year we didn’t get to face them and they didn’t get to see us. It should be a real good game first week.”

During the offseason, Lee worked on getting stronger and quicker. He hopes to improve upon his 24 receptions for 307 yards and two scores from last fall.

“Last year, I created a lot more than my freshman year,” said Lee, who is working toward his sports management degree and business minor. “This year, slow down and let my runs set up and I want to be involved more in the passing game. The team is looking really good. Tevin is a good buddy of mine.

“We hang out a lot on and off the field. He’s a good combo to add to what I already bring to the rushing game. I feel like I’m more of a speed guy and I can juke and shake and all that and Drake can dip the shoulder and has the speed to compliment that. It’s a good one-two punch.”

Whether or not the duo of Lee and Drake can help get GSC to the top of the Mountain East Conference remains to be seen.

“Last year we lost every game by less than a touchdown aside from the Shepherd game,” Lee added. “We were in every game, really tight, and we just have to finish.

“We have to finish drives. Finish extra points. Finish field goals. (Head) coach (David Hutchison) emphasized that our whole training camp, working on finishing drill and finishing everything we’ve been doing so far.”

If the G-men can finish with what will be considered an upset road win in Athens, it will mark the first triumph in a season opener for Hutchison.