McGill-Toolen senior RB Braylon McReynolds has big goals for 2021
McGill-Toolen first-year Catholic head coach Norman Joseph has always tried to hand the ball over to his offensive playmakers.
That likely means senior running back Braylon McReynolds will have plenty of touches in 2021 for the Yellow Jackets.
“He wants the ball,” Joseph said. “He wants to touch him as many times as he can, and we’re going to try to keep him happy by doing it.”
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound McReynolds were the most consistent part of the Yellow Jackets’ offensive offense in 2020. He ran for 1,395 yards and 22 touchdowns on 190 carries – an average of 7.3 yards per. race.
“You come back to the spring game (against Daphne), the very first game we gave him and he’s grown to over 80,” Joseph said. “We know what Braylon can do. We’re excited about his skills, his talent, the leadership he brings to the attack, and we’re going to use him in a number of ways.
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McReynolds said he already had offers from Troy, UAB, Southern Mississippi, Coastal Carolina and the state of Arkansas. He said he was also in contact with southern Alabama and Louisiana.
He certainly wasn’t lacking in confidence during Mobile County Media Days last week.
“There’s a reason some people think of me as the best (back in Alabama),” he said. “I feel like I’ve proven myself time and time again, and I really don’t see any competition for it.”
McReynolds said one of his goals this year is to prove he’s a more versatile player.
“I don’t want to be known as someone who can just run the ball,” he said. “I would like to go over 3,000 yards this year and beat (the former McGill / UCF receiver) Marlon Williams’ record 23 touchdowns.
Joseph said he liked his star’s competitive spirit.
“We’re going to do some things with other running backs to keep Braylon healthy and healthy throughout the season,” he said. “But he’s very tough. He ran for about 1,400 yards last season, and we expect the same kind of productivity this year.
McReynolds and the Jackets will look to bounce back from a short stint in the playoffs in 2020. After making several deep playoffs over the past decade, McGill lost in the first round of the 6A Playoffs to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa last year.
“It was very disheartening,” McReynolds said. “I feel like this should never happen at McGill-Toolen.
McReynolds will have the chance to prove himself in his team’s opener against another of the state’s top full-backs. The Yellow Jackets will host Pike Road and Quinshon Judkins senior on August 20. McGill will also face several other great fullbacks this season, including Ronnie Royal III of Gulf Shores, Taven Curry of Robertsdale and Johnny Morris of Spanish Fort.