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Glendale High's Daniel Jung is ready to deliver a healthy dose of offense

Football: Junior is "close to 100%" for Friday's rivalry game after having been injured most of the season.

November 06, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Glendale Highs Daniel Jung is ready to deliver a healthy dose of offense after being healthy for the first time since the opening week. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Glendale Highs Daniel Jung is ready to deliver a healthy…

GLENDALE — For the first time since perhaps the opening kickoff, Glendale High junior two-way football player Daniel Jung is healthy.

Such a revelation hardly sounds newsworthy, except when that nugget is taken into consideration with Jung’s efforts so far this season.

The 5-foot-10 running back and defensive back leads the Nitros with 779 rushing yards this season (97.4 average per contest) through eight contests with eight scores, while also hauling in eight receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

On defense, Jung is sixth on the squad with 32 tackles, has intercepted one pass and has recovered one fumble while causing another three.

“It seems like every time there’s a big play to be made, he’s making them,” Glendale Coach John Tuttle said. “He’s a good kid, both on and off the field.”

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The problem for Tuttle and Co. has been keeping Jung on the field.

While the junior has technically missed only one game this season, he hasn’t seen any action in an additional eight quarters while having played hurt most of the season.

“It’s been an up-and-down year with me just trying to stay up,” Jung said as his Nitros (3-6, 1-5 in league) are preparing for their season finale Friday at Moyse Field at 7 p.m. versus intracity archrival Hoover (2-7, 0-6). “I had a bunch of injuries – I want to say four – that have kept me out.”

For those keeping score, Jung says he has had two different neck and leg injuries this season, ranging from a stinger to a Charley horse.

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Jung was not available in what turned out to be Glendale’s biggest defeat, a 56-14 setback to Burbank at Memorial Field two weeks ago.

“I can’t say we’d win that game if he played, but I think we would have at least been closer,” Tuttle said. “Daniel is just that type of player.”

In all three of Glendale’s victories, Jung has been instrumental.

The second-year varsity player took the opening handoff of the 2013 season 86 yards for a touchdown on an evening in which he rushed for 220 yards and totaled 282 yards of offense with four touchdowns as Glendale romped to 41-3 victory over visiting San Gabriel on Sept. 6.

“That was a big day and I really have to give my [offensive line] the credit,” Jung said. “I’m the one who does the running, the scoring, but those guys open the holes and make me look good.”

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