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January 30, 2013

Profile: Apopka RB Jevric Blocker

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Apopka senior running back Jevric Blocker is under the radar - literally.

Listed at 5-foot-5, 142 lbs. - and that may be stretching it - Blocker may be small in stature, but he was huge in the Blue Darters' 2012 run at the Class 8A state championship, which Apopka won with a 53-50 heart-stopping victory over Weston Cypress Bay.

He was the leading rusher on an offense that put up an average of 43.1 points per game, scoring at least 45 points in 10 of the team's wins in the 13-2 season.

Blocker rushed for 1,709 yards and 23 touchdowns in helping lead Apopka's powerful offense that averaged 298 rushing yards per contest. He put up 114 yards per game, an average of 8.4 per rush.

He was Apopka's second-leading receiver in terms of catches with 24, four of which went for touchdowns, including a huge 71-yarder in Apopka's 52-19 regional final victory over Neptune Beach Fletcher. It was the first touchdown of the game for the Blue Darters and helped kickstart the offense into high gear.

Perhaps Blocker is under the radar due to this past season being the only one in which he played extensively. In 2011, Blocker was little more than a backup defensive back. He did see some time returning punts and kickoffs for the Blue Darters, but never got a shot at running back due to talented players in front of him.

His biggest game this season was Apopka's first-round playoff victory over Orlando University. The Blue Darters out-scored the Cougars 45-35 behind Blocker's monster game. He rushed for 324 yards and three scores on 23 carries, an incredible 14 yards per rush.

As National Signing Day approaches, Blocker has yet to receive any serious offers, but he's hoping his cat-quick moves and straight-up speed will get him some looks as schools seek to fill out their rosters.

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