ELK MOUND — Brady Redwine is quiet and polite — a speak-when-spoken-to kind of kid.
At least to those who aren’t around him everyday.
But when he gets between those lines on a Friday night, he unleashes a side not seen in virtually every other interaction with him.
Redwine, third in the state in both rushing yards and touchdowns a season ago with 2,598 total yards and 36 scores, goes into beast mode for a lack of a better term.
He’s explosive through the gap, and several area coaches have described him as a “violent” runner. The senior is fast, quick, powerful and strong. He, along with 14 other seniors on the defending Dunn-St. Croix champions, is back this fall for Elk Mound, making the Mounders one of the more intriguing teams headed into the season.
“Sometimes I do all I can do to avoid contact, but sometimes you’ve just got to be that violent runner and run through guys and make the hit instead of take the hit,” said Redwine in his usual soft tone.
Redwine is quick out of the backfield and just needs a sliver of space to explode through. He’s a threat to score as he soon as the quarterback voices the cadences.
“Just give him a lane,” senior tight end Marcus Kinblom said. “He doesn’t need much. Just a split second and he can go all the way.”
He rewrote record books last fall and had games of 350 and 338 yards on the ground, twice besting Elk Mound’s former state player of the year Jack Morris’ career bests from the early 90s.
This fall will feature a lot of No. 28, who is 2,677 yards away from the area’s all-time career record. And he’s got a plethora of guys back to help him as the Mounders look to carry out the momentum of last year’s run to the DSC title, their first under coach Dave Lew.
Elk Mound started last season 0-2 before finding a serious groove and ripping off nine straight wins to advance to the Division 5 quarterfinals.
The Mounders scored 13 total points in the first two games. In their wins, they averaged 39. Their welcoming party was a 53-0 drubbing of Osseo-Fairchild in Week 4. In that game, Elk Mound found its bread and butter and rushed for 378 total yards and six scores — 251 and four of those coming from Redwine.
“When we felt like we were slipping and didn’t know if we were going to make the playoffs or not, we knew we had to step it up,” senior lineman and linebacker Brett Lew said. “That Osseo-Fairchild game is kind of when it all came together.”
Now there’s a feeling of familiarity as several key cogs are back to defend the crown.
The Mounders are big up front and have playmakers on the perimeter defensively. And most importantly for coach Dave Lew, they know how to play with one another and handle pressures that may come with being conference champs.
“They don’t worry about it,” Dave Lew said. “They know to come out and do their jobs, and they’re trying to teach our young kids to get better at technique and the little things, and everything will take care of itself on a Friday night.”
Redwine carried the ball 342 times a season ago. Early in camp, Lew has been impressed with some of the other backs. That will allow Redwine a chance to stay fresh.
Because come crunch time, having life in Redwine’s legs is a luxury many teams simply don’t have.
“We’ve found a few guys that can really carry the ball and give Brady some breaks and make him maybe even more effective,” Lew said. “It gives us some different looks.”
Actions are louder than words at Elk Mound. Don’t expect Redwine and the Mounders to be too quiet between the white lines this fall.