2017 Preseason Football Team: Mario Padilla leads the running backs

Mario Padilla (Andy Morales/

These are the top returning running backs based on the Southern Arizona All-Star list from last season. Does not take into account any transfers, injuries or changes in position.

Mario Padilla, Jr. Salpointe
Nick Brahler, Sr. Ironwood Ridge
Troy Ferestad, Sr. Bisbee
Elijiah Carey, Sr. Canyon del Oro
Ruben Rivera IV, Jr. Pueblo
Kashawn Valencia, Sr. Tucson
Zulu Deah, Sr. Amphitheater
Ricky Perez, Sr. Rio Rico
Dakota Haynes, Sr. Pusch Ridge
Wyatt Adams, Sr. Mountain View
Troy Ferestad, Sr. Bisbee
Tyler Wilrdige, Jr. Tombstone


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at






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