BURLESON — Michael Stane is not your typical Class 5A fullback.

He stands just 5-9 and weighs in at 175 pounds.

Not the typical size for a bruising fullback.

But that didn’t stop Stane from becoming a successful back in the Burleson Elks’ Wing-T attack.

“Michael is just one of those great success stories,” Burleson head coach Mel Maxfield said. “His mental and physical toughness made Michael into a great player.”

How great did Stane turn out when it comes to the history of Burleson football?

Stane finished with 2,047 yards on 406 carries in his two-year career, which is second all-time in Elks’ history. His 2,290 all-purpose yards is also second on the list.

In addition, Stane finished his career with 31 touchdowns.

Not bad for a player whose career in junior high began with him playing strong guard.

“As an eighth grader, Michael was an offensive lineman,” Maxfield said. “But when he came to us as a freshman, we moved him to fullback.”

After completing his freshman campaign, Stane spent most of his sophomore campaign on the injured list with a hernia problem.

But that didn’t prevent Stane from trying to make his way onto the varsity squad.

“Michael worked very hard in the weight room and prepared himself to be a fullback at Burleson,” Maxfield said. “And he really bought into the team first concept we have here. He would be the first to tell you his success was because of the guys up front.”

But Stane was more than just a runner in the Elks’ scheme. He was a solid blocker, while also being good receiver out of the backfield.

“Michael was one of those players who had the desire to work hard so he could be as good as he could be,” Maxfield said. “He was a leader for us on the field. But not so much vocally, but with his actions. He led by the way he played.”

Daniel Green can be reached at 817-645-2441, ext. 2334, or sports@trcle.com

React to this story:


Trending Video

Recommended for you