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By Bill Sodoma
Like all good running backs, Colby's Aaron Stepka '05 knows he is only as good as the blockers in front of him. That's why he treats Colby's offensive linemen with an abundance of respect.
Stepka spends the majority of his time in media interviews talking not about his accomplishments but about the guys in front of him battling to create holes to run through. During the off-season you'll likely see Stepka working out with his offensive linemen buddies in the weight room.
The combination of Stepka and Colby's offensive line worked so well this season that the sophomore tailback broke the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) single-season rushing record with 1,370 yards on a NESCAC-record 293 carries--this in a 4-4 season for the Mules. Stepka also broke the 30-year-old Colby record for single-season rushing previously held by Peter Gorniewicz '75, who had 1,170 yards in 1972.
"The thing that separates Aaron from others is his work ethic," Colby football coach Tom Austin said. "He trains so hard in the weight room and in practice. He's the type who will run a play in practice at full speed and go 20 or 30 yards downfield when he doesn't have to after the whistle blows. He's getting tired in the games like everybody else, but his slippage is much less than those around him."
A Morning Sentinel feature story on Aaron Stepka '05 is at
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