Ethan Todd expects to see time on punt, kick returns, too

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FARMINGTON — Ethan Todd often gave opposing defenders trouble fighting for yards after a catch during his prep career.

The Farmington wide receiver had 35 receptions for 837 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017, but averaged close to 15 yards after getting the ball in his hands.

That's why Todd is convinced he can immediately help NCAA Division II Fort Lewis College, which he learned will run a more pass-heavy offense in 2018, after signing his letter of intent with the Skyhawks' football team today.

Todd is still ironing out scholarship details, but he's guaranteed a roster spot.

"They gave me that sense of they want me there to go play," the 6-foot-1 Todd said. "They were looking for someone with decent size, decent speed that'll help the offense. They came to me, and I'm glad to help."

Since he helped FHS on kick and punt returns last season, Todd said Fort Lewis also plans to have him contribute on punt returns to take advantage of his speed.

Todd said he conserves his speed for the first several steps upon touching the ball instead of gunning it from the get-go, which he said messes with the minds of opposing defenders.

"It causes separation, which helps," Todd said.

Todd said he wants to become a well-rounded receiver playing for Fort Lewis, located in Durango, Colorado, and that means improving his route-running and helping out more as a blocker.

As a returner, Todd said he wants to improve things like recognizing how much space he has to work with and spotting gaps quicker.

Todd will be the first player under Scorpions coach Jeff Dalton, who just finished his third year at the helm, to play college football. Dalton is excited that Todd will play college football just 50 miles away. The coach already is planning to attend the Skyhawks' home opener on Sept. 1 to see Todd in action.

"Always looking for excuses to go to Durango, and now I have one more," Dalton said.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.

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