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Linton II earns NJCAA honor

WORTHINGTON —Reuben Linton II has wowed Minnesota West football fans this season.

Now he’s wowing the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Linton, a 5-10, 195-pound sophomore running back from Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio, Texas, has been named the national NJCAA Player of the Week following his performance Saturday against Mesabi Range.

In a game won by Minnesota West 38-8, Linton rushed 23 times for 246 yards with four touchdowns.

The honor is the biggest so far in a list of honors the shifty back has accumulated over the first three games of the 2013 season. Linton was named the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) special teams player of the week after the season opener — when he scored two touchdowns on punt returns. Last week he was the Southern Division’s offensive player of the week after rushing for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

“Linton now ranks second in the nation in rushing yards with 478 and third in rushing touchdowns with seven,” said the NJCAA web site about his early-season exploits.

Minnesota West head coach Jeff Linder said Linton is exceptional in the way he sees the field, hits the hole, moves quickly and gracefully around obstacles and “changes direction on a dime.”

Testified Linder on Wednesday: “He’s just an incredible player. It’s well-deserved. He’s just a unique individual around the ball. And we’re fortunate to have him.”

The 3-0 Bluejays are on the road Saturday against the Northland Pioneers in Thief River Falls.

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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