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CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: Josh Buri, Stewartville Tigers

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STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (KTTC) - Stewartville star running back Josh Buri has been working out. A lot. Coronavirus and quarantine have taken a lot from society, but one thing it's given Buri is time to improve his craft.

"I couldn't have been doing three-a-days if we were doing school stuff," the rising senior said. "Even right when quarantine started, I was coming out here right in the morning and then I'd go to work, then go work out again. Then some days, I'd come back here again, two-three times a day, so I wouldn't have been able to do that if we were in school."

Buri is a Division I caliber prospect, weighing in at 210 pounds and has been clocked with a sub 4.5 40 time. But with the pandemic raging across the country, he's had to take recruiting matters he normally wouldn't have to deal with into his own hands. He's been sharing his workouts on social media, and college programs have taken notice.

"It's always in the back of your mind that the season might not happen," Buri said. "You're always hopeful, though. I think it will happen. Posting those videos on Twitter is obviously helping quite a bit. I've had a lot of coaches hit me up about that."

It's no wonder college coaches are interested in Buri. Last season as a junior, he accumulated more than 2300 total yards and scored 34 touchdowns. It's obvious football means a lot to him, and he's ready for a season, even if it's not played in the fall.

"I think with 100% of our football players, it doesn't matter what time of the year we play," he said. "It could be in the middle of winter. As long as we have a season, nobody would really care. We just play the game we love."

Still, he and his teammates know there's a possibility there will be no high school football this year, but they're not focused on the negative.

"We've talked about it," said Buri. "I mean, all of us are pretty hopeful. We're still staying in a positive mindset and still hoping it'll happen. We all think it will happen because, obviously, we're all showing up everyday putting in the work, that the football season will happen."

Mark Poulose

Mark Poulose is a Sports Reporter/Anchor at KTTC.

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