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Hard work, actions speak volumes for St. Francis football's Joe Mudie

A leader by example, Golden Knights running back/defensive back is hoping to make noise with his play during upcoming season.

September 04, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • St. Francis High football's Joe Mudie looks to lead the Golden Knights in 2013.
St. Francis High football's Joe Mudie looks to lead… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

If you’re curious as to just how good Joe Mudie is and how great he can be, don’t ask him.

If you’re wondering about how hard the St. Francis High football running back and cornerback works and how much time he’s put into the weight room in the hopes of getting better and avoiding injuries such as those that sidelined him a season ago, just don’t wait around for him to tell you about it.

Mudie’s simply not the type to boast of his own merits, nor is he one to brag about how hard he’s worked.

“He works very hard and never says a thing about it,” St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds says. “Very humble kid. He’s very well-respected by his teammates and classmates because of his disposition and work ethic.”

Indeed, Mudie’s actions and demeanor have spoke much louder than any of the seldom words he might speak.

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“He’s always been like that,” senior center Trevor Provencio says. “Very unassuming. You wouldn’t think he’s the star player he is.”

Alas, Mudie’s description might be a bit more accurate to say he has star potential after his junior year, one that in many ways mirrored that of his Golden Knights, which was one of frustration.

Tabbed to be a do-it-all offensive force and a hybrid lining up at running back or receiver, Mudie seemingly fought injury as often as opposing defenses.

Now, with the dawn of the 2013 season upon him and the Golden Knights, Mudie is looking to let his play do the talking and has put himself in position to deliver his message loud and clear.

“Coming into this season, I definitely have something to prove,” Mudie says.

Now almost 18 years old, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Mudie had a rather inauspicious debut on the gridiron in the third grade when he tried his hand at Pop Warner football for the first time. He broke his arm and decided, “I didn’t really like football.”

Mudie gave it another shot in seventh grade and it still didn’t stick. It wasn’t until he became a St. Francis High football player on the freshman squad that he finally felt at home with a pair of shoulder pads on and a helmet strapped up.

“I just fell in love with football,” he says. “It was pretty much all about the coaches.

“Just playing in the program is really special.”

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