Outside the Huddle and Blitz are counting down who they feel are the top 50 individual players in northeast Indiana heading into the 2023 season.
Our highest preseason honor, the 5th annual First Eleven profiles the top players (in the mind of Outside the Huddle) entering this fall.
No. 7: WR/DB Stratton Fuller, junior, Columbia City
Anyone wondering why Stratton Fuller is in the No. 7 spot only needs to watch the final few minutes of the sectional game against Leo last season.
As the Lions looked to win the game with a 31-yard field goal with two seconds left, Fuller burst around the edge and blocked the kick on a highlight-reel play. Then in overtime, Fuller was able to stop a Leo QB scramble just short of the goal line, with the Eagles earning the victory on the ensuing possession.
That sequence showed just how invaluable Fuller is in all aspects. He led Columbia City in all receiving categories – receptions (53), yards (860) and touchdowns (12). Defensively lining up at corner, typically on the opponent’s top receiver, Fuller picked off six passes in 2022. He also averaged over 17 yards per return leading the Eagles kick and punt return units.
The fact that all of the above came as a sophomore is even more impressive, meaning Fuller has a load of growth ahead of him.
COACH’S QUOTE ON STRATTON FULLER“Stratton is a winner. He’s a winner because of who he is, how he acts and how he carries himself. There is no one that will ever outwork him. He is the most consistent player I have ever seen. He is constantly locked in and will do anything and everything to win. Give me another player who has caught multiple TDs, returned a kick for a TD, gets multiple INTs, blocked a game-winning FG try and made an OT fourth down tackle on the 1-yard line. The list is one – Stratton Fuller. That’s because no one will match the work he puts in!”– Columbia City coach Brett Fox