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Player Profile: Cavion Garner

by Kyle Spencer
Sports Reporter

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Photo by Ishmael Johnson

San Marcos High School has had quite a bit of talent come through their football program, and Cavion Garner is no exception. The junior from Bryan, Texas moved to San Marcos at an early age because his mother received a job opportunity. Cavion was able to benefit from his mother’s opportunity, as well. Suiting up in his first set of pads when he was only 5 years old, Cavion was a natural football player. His success landed him a spot on the varsity team at San Marcos High School in his sophomore year. A talented player like this has multiple skills, so I asked Cavion what he thought set him apart from other running backs.

My ability to see the hole and my vision all together.

Through five games this season, Cavion has already rushed for 765 yards and has 9 touchdowns. As someone who gets the pleasure of watching this young man play every Friday, I have to say that he is one of the hardest runners I have ever seen. An astounding 8 yards per carry average is a testimony to how hard of a runner he is. He impressed me with more than just his football abilities when I asked him about his goals for this season.

Get better as a person and get 1500 yards or more.

Cavion is already over halfway to 1500 yards, but what he seems to focus on more is growing as a person. So I wanted to get to know Cavion a little better when he doesn’t have the pads on. Cavion is really a normal kid. He likes to hang out with quarterback David Hamilton, wide receiver Cross Cuevas and defensive end Colby Vidrine. If they aren’t pumping iron in the weight room, they are having a good time playing video games and joking around. This led me to ask about the offensive line, and his relationship with the boys up front. He smiled and simply replied,

We butt heads sometimes, but we know that we have to get the job done.

Cavion wouldn’t elaborate on what they disagree about, but somethings are better left unsaid. Already a junior, Cavion has one more year of high school left. His senior year is going to be a big one. Not only under the lights, but when he walks across the stage and receives his diploma. I asked Cavion about what career field he wanted to go into, and what college or colleges he wanted to attend.

I want to be a veterinarian or be a professional football player.

I want to go to Texas State, and other than that I’m not really sure.

Cavion Garner has five games left in his junior year. He is halfway to his goals, and as far as being a better person I believe his is well on his way. I asked Cavion one final question. I wanted to know what he thought of his play thus far, and what he thinks he can improve on to be the best running back he can be.

Pretty good, but I think I should be doing better, breaking tackles and getting more yards after contact.

He has all the potential in the world and he seems to have a good head on his shoulders, too. Cavion will have some big decisions to make at the end of next year, but I for one wish him the best.

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