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FOX 7 Football Field Trip: Hendrickson High School

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Our second stop of the FOX 7 Football Field Trip takes us to Hendrickson High School a program that's grown into a perennial contender thanks in part to some amazing running backs. And the current one may be the best of the talented bunch.

Samaje Perine is one of the state's top running backs so why can't anyone get his name right?

He has been called Sammy Jay; Samgee Puhreen; Maj; Suhmahgee and Suhmadge. Puhreeny. Pairuhnay.

"The list goes on and on," Perine said.

Which is somewhat fitting considering Hendrickson senior goes on and on as well. Last season, he ran for over 2,000 yards, and accepted a scholarship offer from Oklahoma. That surprised many including his mother.

"Honestly expected him to pick Alabama because that's where we're from and he's been following that team for a long time. But I'm totally happy with the choice he made. I love Bob Stoops," Gloria Perine, Samaje Perine's mother said.

Maybe it is because the Sooner skipper got Perine's name right the first time.

"From the beginning, he had my first name right! I don't think he said my last name - I don't think he wanted to butcher it," Perine said.

Perine's commitment continues Hendrickson's impressive trend of producing D-I running backs:

Kenny Williams is shining at Texas Tech, while Daje Johnson is poised for a breakout season at UT.

"(Hendrickson's) turned out OT be running back you really! I mean Samaje if you've seen him… man, he's a monster just looking at him," Williams said.

"He's never gonna stop working out. He's never gonna stop trying to get better. He suffered a major knee injury at the end of his sophomore year and was back right on target and stronger than ever," Hendrickson Head Football Coach Chip Killian said.

Perhaps the bruising 215 pounder with 4.4. speed will be a household name soon.

Hendrickson is not a one-man show by any means. We sat down with the Statesman's Rick Cantu and Danny Davis to get their take on the rising power in Pflugerville ISD.

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