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Lockette is a football player learning to run track

By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

MACON, GA (WALB) -  Former Monroe star Ricardo Lockette is a national champion in track and plays receiver on the Wildcats football team.

However, don't classify him as another track guy trying to master football.

"I feel like I am football guy who runs track.

Ricardo Lockette may consider himself a football player.

But he is blazing speed won the 200 meter title at the NCAA DII track meet in May.

A false start cost him the 100 meter title but hey is still new at this track thing.

Lockette said. "I only started running track in the 11th grade."

It was Monroe track coach Octavia Jones who got Lockette to join the Tornadoes track team as high jumper. It was only a missing teammate that led Lockette to learn how fast he is.

Lockette said. "One day one of the guys didn't show up for the four by 400 and I was the only guy to fill in. I happen to run one of the fastest splits in the four by 400 and we won that day."

Lockette is hoping the Fort Valley State football team will win more this season under new head coach and former Albany State offensive coordinator Donald Pittman.

Unlike most track stars, the new coach will not have to worry about the hands of his track champion receiver.

Hands that are expecting to catch a lot of passes in coach Pitt's spread offense.

Lockette said. "That is what receivers love to do. We love to catch the ball and make big plays."

While Lockette tells you he is a football player first, he has grown to love the sport of track.

Lockette said. "They are both the same. I love the excitement. I love the thrill of competing.

Fort Valley State football fans hope Lockette's speed and hands will give them plenty of exciting plays this fall.

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