Former Eureka Star Staples Is a Heavy Presence at Central Missouri

By Kevin E. Boone Of the Post-Dispatch | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), September 29, 1994 | Go to article overview

Former Eureka Star Staples Is a Heavy Presence at Central Missouri


Kevin E. Boone Of the Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Emmett Staples was once a noted fullback, renowned for his ability to power through defenders with his 240-pound frame.

As a Eureka High junior in 1991, Staples rushed for 1,559 yards, attracting a host of NCAA Division I scouts.

Staples' weight ballooned, resulting in a subpar senior season. Eventually, he opted for a junior college, attending Highland (Kan.) Community College. Now he's at Division II Central Missouri State, where he scored two touchdowns Saturday in a 43-10 victory over Washburn in a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association game.

Staples, a junior, gained only 36 yards on 12 carries, but he cemented a role in the Mules' backfield. Expectations of Staples are high. At Highland, he rushed for 861 yards last year, averaging 5.4 yards per carry.

At Eureka, Staples seemed star-bound, but a disappointing senior year and academic setbacks narrowed his options.

"He had a run of bad luck," Central Missouri coach Terry Noland said.

"He came here and was a little overweight at 265 pounds," Noland said. "Our staff worked with him, and he got down to about about 245. He pulled a hamstring, which was probably because he wasn't in the best of shape, and missed our first two games. He got his first chance last week against Washburn and did a very nice job.

"He has a terrific work ethic, and we're expecting big things from him," Noland said.

SMSU Blues: It's been 21 years since Southwest Missouri State's football team began so poorly.

After Saturday's double-overtime loss to fellow Gateway Conference member Western Illinois, SMSU (0-3) is staring at its worst start since 1973, when the Bears began 0-5 as a member of the MIAA.

It's also the first time since 1981 that SMSU has dropped its first two league games. That's when the Bears were in the Mid-Continent Conference. SMSU never had been 0-2 in the Gateway until Saturday.

SMSU has lost all three games by a touchdown or less: 26-20 to North Texas State; 12-7 to Northern Iowa; and 31-24 to Western Illlinois on Saturday.

The culprit has been turnovers. SMSU has lost six interceptions and five fumbles, while coming up with two interceptions and no fumbles.

From East St. Louis to Macomb, Ill., Frank Spraggins has left a trail of athletic accomplishments.

On Saturday, Spraggins, a freshman, tied a school-record and a Gateway Conference mark with three interceptions in helping Western Illinois to victory over SMSU. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Former Eureka Star Staples Is a Heavy Presence at Central Missouri
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.