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Being called a "utility player" by coaches may not at first blush seem like an ideal compliment. But for Darrius Foy of the Franklin Parish Patriots, doing everything one can to make the team successful has been his calling card on the varsity football team.
"Anywhere that we have needed an athlete, he has stepped up for us," Franklin Parish head coach Barry Sebren said. "That is his biggest asset to us. He is always working hard to do what we ask of him and we are asking more of him now than we have at anytime in the past."
Foy has lined up at defensive back for the past two seasons and even played some running back, but he will now transition into a full-time wide receiver for the Patriots in 2010.
"I wish we could have played him at wide out all three years," Sebren said. "But things being what they were, we had to play him in different spots where he was needed."
One of those spots was in the offensive backfield when he scored the overtime winner on a running play against district rival Wossman High School.
We were able to move him to offense mid-year," Sebren said. "He made some big plays on defense for us while he has been here as well."
Patriot wide receiver coach Derrick Doyle is working with Foy on route running and understanding his responsibilities as a wide receiver for the Patriots.
"He has been working really hard," Doyle said. " He is learning how to be more patient with his route running."
While it may take a bit more time for Foy to develop into the game-changing receiver that the Patriots need, he has shown the coaches the work ethic that all FPHS players can admire.
"He had trouble seeing the football at first," Doyle said. "He is dedicated to being the best wide receiver that he can be and he is getting better."
The coaches are impressed with his knowledge of the position even though he has never lined up at wide receiver before. It is a knowledge that was likely helped by his defensive back days for the Patriots.
"He is working on routes and getting off of press coverage," Sebren said. "This will be the first time he has done as much as we are asking right now."
Doyle, a former Northwestern State star and former New Orleans Saints receiver, has taught the young player a lot since arriving in Winnsboro last year.
"We are hoping to draw some double-coverages off of Foy." Sebren said. "That will take the pressure off our running game."
Foy seems poised for another year of getting the job done, whatever it may be, for the Patriots.