Here’s a three-word guide to locating Cameron Nuckols on a football field: find the ball.
Whether he’s playing offense or defense, the Greenfield-Central junior is constantly in the same area as the pigskin — either carrying the ball or tracking down an opponent with the inflated leather.
That eye for the ball has allowed Nuckols to pull off a rare feat — he is both the Cougars’ leading rusher and top tackler.
“I would say it’s not common,” was G-C coach Roger Dodson’s answer when asked if he’s heard of a player pulling off such an achievement. “He’s just a hard-nosed kid on both sides of the ball.”
An early-season hip injury limited the six foot, 185-pound Nuckols to 14 carries through the team’s first three games. Nuckols, one of the team’s starting middle linebackers, played through the pain on defense and recorded 33 tackles in that same span.
“We felt he was more valuable on the defensive side, so that’s where we had him,” Dodson said. “When he was healthy, we got him in on both sides. It’s a little harder to be a running back when your legs aren’t 100 percent.”