Against Viewmont last Friday, Tanner Hinds put his team on his shoulders and rushed for 222 yards and scored two touchdowns. The Davis Darts beat the Vikings 14-3 on the legs on Hinds, but he feels he also has other assets that help make him a more complete running back.
“I can catch the football pretty good, but I think blocking is also pretty important as a running back, so I can block pretty well also,” Hinds said. “I can also run the ball pretty well.”
Earlier in the football season, Davis faced Hawaiian private school Kamehameha High School. Tanner rushed the ball 21 times for 141 yards. Against rival Clearfield High School, he slashed his way for 180 yards and two touchdowns to lead his team to a 21-6 victory. Hinds finished the game with 194 all-purpose yards. While those are some impressive outings, they aren’t even Hinds’ favorite thus far.
“I think my most memorable game so far would have to be the Brighton game,” said Hinds. “It was the most touchdowns [three] I’ve scored in a football game. I had 28 or 29 carries and 150 yards during that game also.”
Even after missing the Weber High School game while resting a hip flexor, Tanner has rushed 150 times for 744 yards and six touchdowns. He also has 211 yards in receptions and punt returns, and has one receiving touchdown. In all, Hinds has 955 all-purpose yards so far on the season.
“I’m a tough runner and just fight for all the yards I can get,” Hinds said. “I just try to be an all-around type running back and just fight for as many yards as I can get.”
Although Hinds hasn’t been a BYU fan his entire life, he has followed the Cougars more closely in recent years. The Davis High School running back has taken a liking to one Cougar in particular: Harvey Unga.
“[Unga] just never goes down and always breaks tackles, and that’s something I really like about him,” said Hinds. “He catches the ball well out of the backfield and can also block.”
Over the last three games, the BYU Cougars have outscored their opponents 137-14. The rushing of Unga and the high-flying attack of Max Hall and company has caught the eye of Hinds, who will be at LaVell Edwards Stadium this weekend when the Cougars face New Mexico.
“They just can do everything really good,” said Hinds. “They can run the ball and pass the ball. They’re just an all-around good football team and fun to watch.”
Following high school, Hinds plans on serving an LDS mission. Upon his return he hopes to be playing football at the college level. If that school happened to be BYU, Hinds wouldn’t mind in the least bit.
“They’re good at sports and they have good education at BYU,” Hinds said. “BYU is a really good school and they also have a really good coach out there.”
That really good coach Hinds is referring to is of course Bronco Mendenhall, and although recruiting for Hinds’ services hasn’t quite heated up yet, the Cougar head coach is aware of him.
“They haven’t really recruited me yet, but they have said they are interested in me,” said Hinds of the BYU coaches. “They just haven’t sent any real big letters to me yet, but I hope they do though.”