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Coaching transition has been easy for Trojans star running back

Trinity running back Ja'Ron Wilson evades tackles last year against Odessa.
Trinity running back Ja'Ron Wilson evades tackles last year against Odessa. Star-Telegram Archive

Despite a new head football coach at Trinity, nothing has really changed for the offense and senior-to-be running back Ja’Ron Wilson.

Wilson, who started for last year's squad, which reached the fourth round of the playoffs, says that with any new coach players have to learn what to expect, but since first-year head coach Chris Jensen has taken over the job in Euless, everything seems familiar.

“This offseason hasn't been too different – both coaches know how to motivate us to get the best out of us,” Wilson said of Jensen and his predecessor, Steve Lineweaver.

“We've just been training in the weight room and getting stronger and faster.”

Wilson, who was named to the first team offense in all-district voting, will be in his final season with the Trojans in a sport he’s been playing since he was seven years old.

However, Wilson hasn't always been a running back, let alone the starter for one of Texas’ most storied teams. He actually started off on the defensive side at linebacker. In his second year, he played quarterback.

It wasn't until his third year playing football when he finally decided to run the ball.

“I had my mind set at being a running back, so I put in the countless hours of training,” Wilson said. “I've stuck with football this long because I eat, sleep and breathe football.”

Jensen said the work and dedication have paid off. “Ja'Ron was one of the players that had an outstanding spring for us and we expect great things from him next season,” he said.

Wilson is confident that even with Jensen taking over for Lineweaver, the Trojans should remain the favorites to win the District 7-6A title and be a contender for a state championship game appearance.

“The most important thing is being a part of something special with my brothers on the football field,” he said.

Wilson was the definition of workhorse last year. In the Trojans’ first four games, Wilson ran the ball to a tune of 74 times and 447 yards – a 112 yards-per-game average – and scored five touchdowns. The Trojans would finish the season with nearly 5,000 yards on the ground.

The Trojans' football, track and basketball star stays busy year-round and looks up to Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

He has some colleges looking at him to play the next level, but won't name any in particular as his favorite.

“I am just grateful for any school that gives me the opportunity to be a part of its team,” Wilson said.

Some schools that have shown interest are SMU, Arkansas State, Illinois, Kansas, Fresno State, Texas State and Nevada.

He plans to major in business. Wilson said he is also the joker on the field and loves to make his teammates laugh.