When Aron Dobbins lit up the Odessa Bronchos and the scoreboard last week with four touchdowns in the first half, all he could think of was the opportunity he had to put his team in the driver’s seat.
"I was just going out there and trying to do it for my team really,” said Dobbins. “I was just thanking the coaches for the opportunity to let me go out there and just to be able to get the touchdowns in the first place."
Dobbins has come a long ways from a year ago. the junior finally has the starting spot after being on varsity last year as a sophomore… and treats it like it’s job to lose with his relentless effort.
"I feel like, and every week really, he’s just shown up and been consistent and last week wasn't really any different,” said senior quarterback Caden Coots.
"That’s one of the big things here period,” said Dobbins. “We talk about the process all the time and we just try and work hard."
So far, the work has paid off as the improvement he’s made has become apparent
"He's getting to where he runs more downhill and not bouncing the ball outside as much,” said Midland Lee head coach James Morton.
"I think it's just a matter of finding those holes which he does really well,” said senior left tackle Diego Alvarado. “We try and open the holes as best as we can and we just leave it up to him to hit the hole hard and I think he's good with that."
A player who Dobbins tries to emulate his game after – “All Day” Adrian Peterson
"I've always idolized him and I've always tried to get my style and run like him, run with a chip on my shoulder like he does,” said Dobbins.
As that chip stays on his shoulder, it’s becoming evident that Dobbins is the future of Midland Lee’s offense
"He's seeing the bigger picture and he's gonna get another year of training under his belt and I think he's gonna be great,” said Coots.
And since this is a whole new situation, Dobbins says he’s in it for the ride and is ready for whatever may come from here out.
"I don't really know what to expect to be dead honest with you, but anything they ask of me I'm gonna try and do to the best of my ability,” said Dobbins.