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Football Player Rankings: No. 3, Leslie Cummings

There aren’t many players in Shasta County with two full years of varsity experience heading into a third. Even more rare is those players in a high-profile position such as quarterback.

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There aren’t many players in Shasta County with two full years of varsity experience heading into a third. Even more rare is those players in a high-profile position such as quarterback.

Enterprise High dual-threat quarterback Leslie Cummings enters the 2018 season with valuable experience under center. He’s going through his second head coach in that span now with Chris Combs being named the head coach in the offseason after he took the reigns for the final three weeks of 2017. To Cummings’ delight, he keep an offensive-focused head coach – a former Enterprise quarterback in fact – helping him along the way.

Cummings posses game-breaking speed that has helped him to become a track star. There won’t be anybody that can beat him to the edge and no one that can catch him in the open field. Think of him more like Robert Griffin III in his prime. Now add in two years at his level and the game becomes slower. That’s where Cummings’ is sitting right now.

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As a junior, he threw for 1,242 yards, 10 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The turnover-ratio and a 43.7 completion percentage needs work, but there might not be a player with more upside than Cummings. He also ran for 453 yards and four touchdowns. This was following a sophomore campaign where he threw for 1,715 yards, 18 TDs and 6 INTs.

While he has suffered a few leg injuries that has kept him limited, he showed flashes of what he can do when healthy at the Big 3 scrimmage on Friday. A large part of the factor is trusting his teammates moving forward to make a play, Combs said, which can help him elevate and lead his teammates to a coveted section championship.

Enterprise season preview

Enterprise High senior quarterback Leslie Cummings talks about the Big 3 scrimmage against Shasta and Foothill on Friday and the upcoming 2018 football season.

Release Schedule for Player Rankings
Aug. 15 – Nos. 36-50
Aug. 15 – Nos. 26-35
Aug. 16 – Nos. 21-25
Aug. 17 – Nos. 16-20
Aug. 18 – Nos. 11-15
Aug. 19 – Nos. 6-10
Aug. 20 – No. 5, Bailey Small, Fall River
Aug. 21 – No. 4, Jayden Gordon, Foothill
Aug. 22 – No. 3, Leslie Cummings, Enterprise
Aug. 23 – No. 2, Bailey Sulzer, West Valley
Aug. 24 – No. 1, Parker Phillips, Anderson

T.J. is a national-award winning journalist passionate about local news and telling the story no one else knows about. He’s roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010 and is a content producer from sunup to sundown. Sports are a hobby he shares with his wife Tracy where they’ve spent many dates around a field or court of some sort.

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