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Athlete of the Week – Josh Buri, Stewartville Running Back

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (KTTC) – Not a single defensive coordinator in the state has figured out how to stop Stewartville running back Josh Buri.

On Friday night, the junior star rushed for 170 yards and scored 5 touchdowns in their win over Providence Academy, giving the bruiser 2,879 yards for his career — a new school-record.

“You talk about a gamer. He’s the guy that, at any point in the game, if we need a play, we know we can put the ball in his hands and he can go make something special happen,” said Tigers Head Coach Garrett Mueller.

Through five games, Buri has racked up more than 1,000 yards and 17 total touchdowns. He has been, simply, a man among boys.

“I’ll jump over someone, I’ll juke them, I’ll run them over,” Buri said of his running style. “Whatever I do to get the yards is what I’ll typically do.”

His game is simple– power, between the tackles running. But the difference with the 5-foot-11 205 pound running back is his breakaway speed.

“He’s always had great size and power. He was probably more of a power back last year, and over the offseason he really worked hard at speed and explosiveness. Now, we’re seeing that come full circle for him this season.”

Although it’s Buri’s name that goes into the school record books, the all-time Tigers’ leading rusher knows where his bread is buttered.

“It’s all offensive lineman,” he said. “I’d rush for no yards if it wasn’t for them.”

And while he may be running himself into the Mr. Football conversation, Buri has his eyes on another prize.

“I haven’t won a playoff game yet,” he said. “[I] definitely want to win playoff games, make a run, win a state championship, but one game at a time.”

Josh Buri of the Stewartville Football team is this week’s KTTC Athlete of the Week.

Mark Poulose

Mark Poulose is a Sports Reporter/Anchor at KTTC.

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