Sebastian Fuller made it part of his Friday night routine to run through opposing Mid-Illini defenders during his time as a Pekin Dragon.
The hard-nosed running back will be running through defenders in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference next fall as a member of the Division III Eureka Red Devils football team.
On Thursday, Fuller signed his letter of intent to play football at Eureka College, choosing the school over Monmouth College, Illinois College, McMurray College and Millikin University.
“Sometimes when the blocks don’t go the way you want them to, you’ve got to just go through them,” Fuller said of his running style. “Sometimes there’s no other way to go around them.”
The proximity to home and coaching staff were attractive features of the school’s pitch to land the 5-foot-7 running back.
As a senior, Fuller nabbed a Mid-Illini First Team All-Conference nod, due in part to his 1,141 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
Fuller averaged 6.7 yards-per-attempt and only coughed the ball up one time in 170 carries. Fuller also averaged 126.8 yards-per-game.
Choosing a college can be a daunting task, especially when considering athletics. That’s why Fuller signed four days after hearing his name called on graduation day.
Fuller is the first person in his family to attend college. He and his family had long talks to make sure they weighed athletics and academics before signing the dotted line.
After making his decision, he already has high ambitions as a Red Devil.
“I’m just hoping to have a big impact on them,” Fuller said.
He had a big impact as a Dragon.
As a sophomore, Fuller entered his first game and rushed for a 65-yard touchdown, giving him a moment in Pekin red that he will never forget. Before breaking through the line of scrimmage, he knew he had a long road ahead of him, despite pregame nerve-induced-nausea.
“Before I even got through the line I felt like it was a long run,” Fuller said. “I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is pretty far.’ It was unbelievable.”
Over the course of his Pekin career, Fuller was no stranger to the open field. He said he always tried to keep his nerves in check and hoped his body would keep up on long scampers to the end zone.
“I just hope my legs don’t give out,” Fuller joked. “I just ran as hard as I can and hope they didn’t catch me.”
Before he sent his final parting from Pekin to major in Business at Eureka, he reflected on the impact head coach Doug Nutter and assistant coach Larry Davis had on his career.
“They gave me the opportunity to make some plays,” Fuller said. “They’d change it up for me to make a play.