There’s big. And then there’s Tony “Big Tone” Picard big.
At 6-foot-4, 400 pounds, Picard is an enormous human being, let alone teenager.
Put him in the backfield and he’s bound to produce, right? That is what’s happening in Yakima, Wash., this fall.
Picard, a senior at White Swan High School, is tearing up the local loop by attracting as many as five defenders when the ball is in his (presumably massive) hands.
“Most teams will sacrifice five guys to stop him: four linemen and a middle linebacker,” Picard’s coach at White Swan, Andrew Bush, said in an Indian Country Today article about the phenom.
“That leaves three guys on each side to stop the rest of our team. Everything else opens up: our outside running, our play action, and our entire passing game. We average about 450 yards as a team offensively.”
The YouTube video below, posted Saturday, already has an astounding 1.2 million views.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Picard started out his football career as a lineman.
But when Bush caught a glimpse of his sneaky agility, he knew an experiment at running back was in order.
“He was so agile and making shots from way out there,” Bush said. “I said ‘I’ve got to use this somehow.’”
Based on the video evidence, the experiment seems to be working out alright.