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Times' back of the year: De'Jon Coleman, Arleta

The running back scores a City Section record 47 touchdowns, using acceleration and elusiveness to rack up points. He rushes for 2,029 yards in leading Mustangs to the East Valley League championship.

January 03, 2012
  • Arleta running back De'Jon Coleman leaves a string of Jefferson defenders in his wake during a 65-yard touchdown run on Oct. 28.
Arleta running back De'Jon Coleman leaves a string of Jefferson defenders… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

BACK OF THE YEAR

De'Jon Coleman

Arleta

De'Jon Coleman of Arleta turned in the most productive season by a running back in City Section history, scoring a record 47 touchdowns. He has been selected The Times' back of the year.

"When you think of how many have played in the Los Angeles district for 100 years, to break that record is unbelievable," Coach Dan Kelley said. "He's just a great football player."

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Coleman used acceleration and elusiveness to score most of his touchdowns. He rushed for 2,029 yards in leading the Mustangs to the East Valley League championship.

"It shows my hard work," Coleman said. "Every time I get the ball I do the best I can."

--Eric Sondheimer

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