Running back Matt Krause says: 'I've dropped weight, 15 to 20 pounds, and I feel my speed off the ball and in open space is a lot faster.' (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Lake Orion — Chris Bell knew something about Matt Krause, and he wasn’t shy about sharing the information — even with his opponents.
He knew Krause, a virtual unknown, was primed to have a breakout senior season at running back.
And why not?
Krause was coming off a 400-yard season sharing time at running back. He missed the first four games with an ankle injury, but showed his potential with a 150-yard performance against Troy in Week 5.
So when the Lake Orion coach handed the ball to Krause last week in the opener against Clinton Township Chippewa Valley, he wasn’t surprised with the outcome.
Krause ran for a school-record 407 yards on 28 carries with four touchdowns in a 38-35 loss.
“He showed such great speed, endurance and the ability to break tackles,” Bell said of Krause’s performance. “With 4.46 speed, he can definitely get to the outside, but he gained most of his yards inside. Once he got to the second level he was gone, and he scored on a 70-yard run off a trap in the final minutes to show the type of endurance he has.”
Krause (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) went to a number of summer camps last year to improve his speed, and was clocked at 4.46 seconds in the 40 at Michigan State’s event. He ran the 40 in 4.6 last year.
“I’ve dropped weight, 15 to 20 pounds, and I feel my speed off the ball and in open space is a lot faster,” said Krause, who takes the field again Friday at Troy Athens. “I know I’ve worked so.”
Krause, however, knows there’s more to his success than his work.
He constantly talks up his line and all his teammates.
“You just have to get on your guy, give him a little room and he’s gone,” senior left guard Austin Jones said. “I’ve been playing with him a long time and that’s something you’ve kind of grown accustomed to, watching him run down the sidelines.
“He runs for more than 400 yards and just talks about how we blocked. ... You don’t feel you’re doing the dirty work because he’s always celebrating with us.”