One of the newcomers in NIU’s football program is former Lena-Winslow running back Rahveon Valentine. He has been going through full practices this month with the team.
Valentine is a walk-on though and he’s not likely to be a factor this season as a true freshman. Still he has made a positive impression on NIU head coach Rod Carey.
“He’s done a good job in fall camp,” says Carey. “I have really high hopes for him going forward. Coach Landry gave a quiz, I think it was the middle of fall camp, to all the guys in there about today’s script, today’s installation that we were putting in. I think it was about a ten question quiz and he (Valentine) was the only one in the room to get all ten questions right. That’s saying something for a room I have high expectations about and that’s a true freshman walk-on.”
Carey says the team has given Valentine the nickname ‘rabbit.’ Most likely because of Valentine’s small stature and his quickness.
Last year Valentine helped lead Lena-Winslow to the Illinois class 1A state championship. Valentine is leading rusher in Lena-Winslow history and in Northwest Upstate Illini history.