5A All-Idaho: Mountain View RB runs over competition

Special to the StatesmanDecember 15, 2013 

Mountain View's Josh Buss

DARIN OSWALD — doswald@idahostatesman.com

WHY HE IS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Countless times this season, Josh Buss appeared to be stopped for a minimal gain. He’d typically respond by unleashing a vicious stiff-arm, shaking multiple tacklers and escaping down the sideline for a touchdown.

When Buss had the ball, anything seemed possible, and that’s why the Mountain View senior is the 5A All-Idaho Player of the Year.

Buss did it all for the Mavericks in 2013. When his offensive line opened holes, he exploded like a 6-foot-3, 195-pound cannonball. When defenses closed off traditional running lanes, Buss made things up on the fly, using a dizzying array of power moves, jukes, breakaway speed and his patented stiff-arm. When tacklers went high, Buss took them for a ride. When defenders aimed low, he hurdled them with ease.

Mountain View coach Judd Benedick said Buss’ tall, lean frame is unusual for a running back, but played him there “to make sure we got the ball in his hands as much as possible.” And every time Buss had the ball, everyone in the stadium held their breath to see what he would do.

JUST THE STATISTICS

• 243 carries, 1,986 yards rushing, 22 TDs

• 26 catches, 385 yards receiving, 2 TDs

• One kickoff return for a TD

WHAT COACHES ARE SAYING

• “Josh is the most exciting player with the ball in his hands that I have ever coached in my 19 years.’’ — Judd Benedick, Mountain View

• “Josh is a pain to coach against, but a treat to watch play football. Every time he touches the ball, six points are possible.’’ — Todd Simis, Capital

NOTABLE

Buss is an avid outdoorsman who said he spends all winter hunting and all summer fishing. He enjoys “the challenge and the competition of doing everything on your own and coming home with something that you went out and got yourself,” he said.

WHAT’S NEXT

Buss has verbally committed to the University of Montana, where he is expected to play linebacker.

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