Ty Storey has been the best quarterback in the state of Arkansas for two years. Chance Shelby is among the top receivers as well.
But the question entering the 2013 season for the Charleston Tigers was a simple one. Who was going to run the football?
That conundrum was quickly answered once Austin Pittman put on a Tigers uniform.
“He’s a great player,” junior quarterback Ty Storey said. “Definitely expected nothing but that. He’s a great player, great addition to our team.”
Pittman has rushed for 833 yards and 15 touchdown through the first 14 games for Charleston. He’s added 63 catches for 780 yards and six more scores receiving, all three are good enough for the top three on the team.
The senior running back transferred from Greenwood.
Despite the big numbers, Pittman didn’t expect the success to come that easily.
“I expected things just from seeing them in practice,” Pittman said. “The line worked hard and everything and I just went with it. Not expecting this much success but I knew it was going to be good.”
Pittman adds just one more weapon to an already potent Tigers’ offense. Charleston has evoked the Arkansas Activities Association ‘sportsmanship rule’ on 10 of their 14 opponents, including last week’s 46-8 win against Earle in the 3A semifinals.
“He’s definitely the difference in us offensively this year and last year,” Charleston coach Greg Kendrick said. “He adds a huge dimension to our offense and has taken pressure off Ty and pressure off receivers. Our offensive line has done a phenomenal job this year of clearing a way for him and Pittman does a great job when he’s got the ball in his hands.”
Pittman has never lost in a Charleston uniform. The last time the Tigers lost was the Glen Rose in the 2012 playoffs. The same team Charleston faces for the 3A title game Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium