Look for Nature Coast RB Matt Breida, No. 38 in the HomeTeam 100 (see Nos. 31-40 here), to put up gaudy numbers via the ground game again this fall.
2011 stats: 208 carries, 1,613 yards, 20 TDs
The breakdown: Sure, Breida’s junior season was one of the best in county history. Only five players in the county have rushed for more yards in a single season, and his 355-yard performance against Central ranks among the North Suncoast’s best single-game outputs.
But maybe it could have been better.
Breida spent the first three weeks of his junior season as the starting running back and a fixture at cornerback, too. The results were solid — a North Suncoast-leading 483 rushing yards (8.3 per carry).
His playing time on defense decreased in district play. The 5-foot-10 speedster responded immediately with his monster game against Central. A fresher Breida continued to average 161 yards in district play against stingy defenses like Sunlake and Hernando.
A 2,000-yard season isn’t out of reach thanks to speed few opponents can touch. His 4.4-second 40-yard dash at a Duke camp caught the attention of Blue Devils coaches, and he was a member of the Sharks’ 4x100 relay team that finished eighth at state.
Don’t be surprised if bigger colleges join Akron, Toledo, UMass and others among his list of college offers.