Dalvin Warmack says he heard rumblings only two weeks into his senior season that he was a one-year wonder and that his chances of repeating as the Thomas A. Simone Award winner were already evaporating.
By SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
He initially laughed it off. Then he gave it some serious thought.
“They were right. The first couple (of) weeks were a struggle,” Warmack said. “But I sat down with my linemen, and we encouraged each other. They really started jelling together.”
It clicked. Again.
For the second straight season, Blue Springs rode the legs of Warmack to a Missouri Class 6 state championship. And for the second straight season, he is The Star’s All-Metro player of the year.
Well-deserved, too. Warmack ran for 2,223 yards on 8.7 yards per carry — nearly identical numbers to his junior season — and he added 33 total touchdowns, giving him more than 80 for his high school career.
In December, Warmack became the first two-time winner of the Simone Award in its 31-year history. It didn’t surprise his coach.
“It was really a pretty amazing story,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said. “I think he went on a mission this year to prove he could go out and do it again.
“He realized he lost (four) offensive linemen, so he knew he was going to have to be a lot better. Looking back, for him to have the same kind of success, he really went to work. You could tell he wanted to make his senior year special.”
He certainly accomplished that. Warmack will attend Kansas State next fall on a football scholarship.