News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Sports

September 25, 2013

Buck brings the brawn: ISU’s Logan offers change-of-pace in backfield

TERRE HAUTE — When you see Indiana State running back Buck Logan on the field, especially if you’ve just seen Shakir Bell or George Cheeseborough in the backfield, it’s easy enough to see the difference.

Logan is bigger, but he’s not taller. Logan is 5-foot-9. Bell is 5-8 and Cheeseborough stands 5-7.

So how does one describe the difference between ISU’s smaller tailbacks and Logan, a junior college transfer?

“Buck is the bowling ball back there,” Bell said.

That’s as good a way to put it as any. Logan is a brickhouse compared to Bell and Cheeseborough, each of whom are more streamlined.

“They all call me that,” said Logan on Bell’s bowling ball description. “I’m just have some more weight. I can do the things they can do, but I’d rather have the ball between the tackles. I went to run through tacklers. I want to bring a different dimension to the game.”

ISU has had a recent tradition of smaller running backs. Bell, Darrius Gates and Tony West are ISU’s seasonal leading rushers who have fit that small, but deadly mold. ISU has had bruisers in the backfield, but guys like Brock Lough and Austen Wozniak were/are fullbacks.

Logan weighs in at 215 pounds. He’s a between-the-tackles pounder who will deliver punishment as well as absorb it, but doesn’t sacrifice too much speed in the process. Bell was capable of doing the same, and did so for the last two seasons, but ISU would like to avoid putting Bell through that kind of punishment.

Enter Logan.

“He plays like a big back, even though he’s not that tall,” ISU coach Mike Sanford said. He played hard, he runs hard, he breaks tackles and he’s a physical back.

“He’s a complement to the guys we have. He gives us some punch,” ISU coach Mike Sanford said.

Bell’s shoulder injury suffered at Indiana on Aug. 29 enabled ISU to take a longer look at Logan. After a cameo appearance (one carry) at Purdue, Logan announced his intentions with a team-high 85 yards rushing on 10 carries in ISU’s 70-7 destruction of Quincy on Sept. 14. Logan also had two catches for 31 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown he created out of very little on a dump-off pass by quarterback Mike Perish.

Logan’s work ethic showed through shortly after he arrived from Sacramento City College. Sanford lauded the junior for his ability to quickly learn ISU’s spread offense. As he was winning over his coaches, he was winning over his teammates too with his hard work. He quickly became one of the most well-liked players on the team.

“Buck is one of the most selfless players we have. He got in the playbook and learned everything. He got into the schemes really quick. It’s amazing how quick he transformed. It’s like he’s been here for four years,” Bell said.

Logan said the transition wasn’t as difficult as it might seem. Sacramento City College also ran a spread offense.

“It was just about the same playbook. I was comfortable from day one. I just needed some reps to get up to speed,” Logan said. “I came from a great program at Sacramento City College under Danny Walker. He prepared me for everything. I had the mindset of working hard and not forcing anything. I’m prepared to be a great change-of-pace back.”

Logan is universally known as Buck even though his given name is Lanier. The Highland Park, Mich. native said he’s been Buck for about as long as he can remember.

“It’s a childhood nickname I had from day one. My great-grandfather’s name was Buck and he passed it down to me and it stuck with me everywhere I went. Half the people I know probably don’t even know my name is Lanier,” Logan explained.

Bell’s return to action Saturday against Tennessee Tech would seem to portend that Logan and some of ISU’s other backs won’t see the field as much.

Then again, maybe Logan will find his place. Bell and Logan haven’t yet appeared in the backfield together. Might that change?

“Buck is a change-of-pace, he’s an X-factor. He runs hard and he demands a presence. He enforces his will on a defense,” Bell said. “I’m telling you, it’s going to be great to have both of us back here this year. We’re going to do some things.”

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • NCAA settles head injury lawsuit

    CHICAGO (AP) — The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit. 

    July 29, 2014

  • Degano2.jpg Bullpen mates: Three relievers coming on strong down stretch for Rex

    The Terre Haute Rex pitching staff ranks fifth among the 12 teams in the Prospect League in earned-run average this season and first in the league with only four home runs allowed all summer. But the Rex pitchers might be the best in the league the past two weeks as the team has had two shutouts and two games with one run allowed in the past week.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Tom Reck: Experience came out on top Sunday

    Sunday was a very good day  fFor Jeff Gordon, who won the Brickyard 400 for the fifth time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He won the first one and really doesn’t look much older today.

    July 29, 2014

  • Colts Camp Football_Tayl.jpg Colts waive running back Rainey

     What a difference a couple of days make.  After Saturday's morning training camp practice, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was effusive in his praise of running back Chris Rainey. But on Monday, the Colts surprisingly announced that Rainey had been waived after violating an unspecified team policy.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Reed gets promotion, hits homer

    Look out Midwest League. A.J. Reed is coming and he’s bringing the long ball with him.

    July 29, 2014

  • Colts Camp Football_Tayl(1.jpg Colts camp: Defense shines in workout

    There was a change in the Indianapolis Colts training camp schedule Monday as the team had just one practice instead of the usual two.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Post 346 motivated to win state … even if it doesn’t have to

    As it has in so many past seasons, Terre Haute’s Wayne Newton Post 346 baseball team is headed to the American Legion state baseball tournament.
    Unlike the other seven teams that will begin play at Plymouth tomorrow, Post 346 knows it will live to play another day regardless of the results up north.

    July 29, 2014

  • Metro: Rex maintain pace in West race

    The Terre Haute Rex maintained pace in the tight Prospect League West Division race with a 2-1 victory over the Springfield Sliders at Robin Roberts Stadium.

    July 29, 2014

  • SPT 072714 JONES WHOA.jpg It’s not unusual ... that Tom Jones wins his ninth city title on the green, green grass of home

    Tom Jones is the 2014 Show-Me’s/THGA men’s city champ.

    July 28, 2014 6 Photos

  • Gordon proclaims mastery of Brickyard for 5th win

    Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard had proclaimed it Jeff Gordon Day in Indianapolis on Friday. It turned out to be prophetic as Gordon made history winning a fifth Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

    July 28, 2014

Local Interest
SPT 072614 TOM JONES LEADER.jpg

Tribune-Star/Bob PoynterLeader: Tom Jones is leading going into Sunday's final round of the Men's City Championship at Hulman Links on Sunday.

High School
College
Degano2.jpg

  • Bullpen mates: Three relievers coming on strong down stretch for Rex

    The Terre Haute Rex pitching staff ranks fifth among the 12 teams in the Prospect League in earned-run average this season and first in the league with only four home runs allowed all summer. But the Rex pitchers might be the best in the league the past two weeks as the team has had two shutouts and two games with one run allowed in the past week.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prettyman wants ISU to be prepared for potential NCAA changes

    Against a rising tide of media, public and institutional sentiment that would suggest otherwise, Indiana State Director of Athletics Ron Prettyman believes that the current model of college athletics still works.

    July 26, 2014

  • ISU basketball trio earn national academic honors

    A trio of Indiana State basketball student-athletes have been named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court as announced by the national organization. Honored from Indiana State were Lucas Eitel, Justin Gant and Jake Kitchell.

    July 23, 2014

  • Metro roundup: Post 346 rallies past Rockville

    Wayne Newton Post 346 scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to get past Rockville 6-3 in an American Legion baseball regional at Terre Haute North on Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Truebytower.jpg Memorable experience in Morocco for ISU soccer team could help team's growth

    Coming off the best season in its history, the Indiana State women’s soccer team figures to have the experience to do even better in the upcoming fall season.
    Or maybe that’s #TheExperience.

    July 23, 2014 11 Photos

Sports Columns
Pro Sports
Colts Camp Football_Tayl.jpg

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, right, laughs with running back Chris Rainey during an NFL football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Terre Haute Rex
Degano2.jpg

Colts
Colts Camp Football_Tayl.jpg

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, right, laughs with running back Chris Rainey during an NFL football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Auto Racing
AP Auto Racing News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre Mother of 2 Makes NFL Cheerleading Squad at 40 Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix Judge OKs Record-setting $2B Sale of Clipper Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating Today in History for July 29th Raw: Airstrike Shatters Fragile Calm in Gaza Fish Oil Plant Blast Kills One Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Earthquake Rocks Mexico's Gulf Coast Deadly Ebola Virus Threatens West Africa Trial Begins Over OKC Bombing Video Two Huge Fires Burning in Northern California
NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News