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Law’s rushes earns the spotlight 

Photo credit: Haley Brown

By Shannon Blankenship | Sports Copy Editor  

5 games. 521 rushing yards.  

With seven teams in the conference, each averaging just over 100 players, SUNY Brockport running back Rashad “Shad” Law stands out. Law earned Empire 8 Football Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 10. 

Head coach Jason Mangone notes that Law’s leadership style starts with putting his team first as no running back can be successful without good blockers.  

“Rashad is a leader by example,” Mangone said. “Because of his production, he will tell you that the major part of the credit goes to the Offensive Lineman, fullbacks and tight ends.” 

Since earning this title came as no surprise to Law, his focus remains on the team’s growth. 

“We all put in the work every day,” Law said. “We grind with each other so it’s not really a big surprise when one of us receives it because we put in the work. I want them to continue to trust the process. I haven’t always been in this lead role that I have this year. So, trusting the process and making sure the team knows if they put the work in, they can do whatever they want.” 

Running back coach Ed Jaskulski, works with Law day in and day out.  

“Rashad has a great work ethic. He is always trying to better his skills at his position on and off the field. As the veteran running back in the group, his experience allows him to be an example for the young guys behind him,” Jaskulski said. 

Not only does Jaskulski see Law’s dedication in practice, he applauds his efforts and skill during games.  

“Carrying the ball multiple times when the defense knows you’re going to run the ball is no easy task, and to do so successfully is a testament to the work of the entire offensive unit and how they work together,” Jaskulski said.  

Academically, Law is a senior; however, he still has one year of eligibility left because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Law is still on fence about what he plans to do with his future but he is certain about one thing: enjoying the moment. 

“I haven’t decided if I’m using it yet. Regardless of what happens, I just want to go out with a bang and have fun with my teammates.” 

Teammate and senior defensive linemen Hakeem Yaya witnesses this passion in practice, games and the locker room.  

“Shad is the definition of ‘I’m all about that action,’” Yaya said. “He shows others how to get the job done by his actions and he does it well. Like giving extra effort when a task needs to get done and always bringing a positive attitude to the team and the game. Shad always has a smile on his face and lifts his teammates up when needed. When something needs to be said, Shad will definitely say what is on his mind and we listen when he’s speaking.” 

On and off the field, Law is the person to have around. 

“Off the field, he’s a great friend to all of his teammates and keeps everyone in the room smiling when he’s around,” Yaya said. “On the field, Shad is truly one of the hardest-working guys on this team. He never takes a play off and when a play needs to be made I’m confident in him just like everyone else. Number three is the guy you give the ball for a play to be made.”  

Law’s smiles and strong work ethic have helped lead the Golden Eagles to success as they hit the halfway point of their season with a 3-2 record. 

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