Dustin is Muhn – ey; This Abbott is No Joke
By Leann Shea
Morgan Hill Sports Editor
All season running backs Dustin Muhn and Kevin Abbott have provided the Live Oak football team with a powerful one-two punch out of the back field that has run over Tri County Athletic League defenses for more than 2,500 yards.
Muhn finished second in the TCAL in rushing and scoring, averaging 9.3 yards per carry. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound senior rushed for 1,477 yards in 160 attempts with 15 touchdowns.
At 5’10”, 160-pounds, Abbott came in right behind Muhn, finishing third in the TCAL in both rushing and scoring. The junior averaged 7 yards per carry and recorded 1,072 yards on the season in 153 attempts with 13 touchdowns.
This is the second season Muhn and Abbott have shared the backfield and both backs give a lot of credit to Live Oak’s offensive line for their success. “We’ve had really good blocking,” said Abbott. “The O-line has helped us our a lot.”
Another factor contributing to the duo’s success is, “being able to consistently run to both sides,” added Muhn.
As far as the team’s success is concerned, Muhn contributes it to all the hard work the team put in during the off-season and knowing each other well. Abbott agrees and added that as a team they progress each week and moved forward.
Abbott has been involved in football for about 10 years and said he enjoys being able to hang out with the guys and it feels good to win. He has been playing the running back position since he was little and said he was very familiar with it. Abbott was brought up to the varsity team last season, his sophomore year.
Muhn has been playing football for four years and said he likes everything about it, especially seeing the team’s work pay off during the season. As a freshman Muhn was a receiver and played running back when the starters got hurt. Then his sophomore year he was pulled up to varsity and settled into the running back position permanently.
Live Oak’s head coach Rick Booth has said that both players are very unselfish and block just as well as they run. According to Booth when the defense keys on one of them, the other one picks it up.
Muhn, who will graduate this year, wants to continue playing football at the next level, but hasn’t decided where he will attend.
“I’m going to stay in state,” said Muhn. “Maybe Cal Berkeley or Cal Poly.”
Abbott has another year of Live Oak football to look forward to and said, “I definitely want to continue playing. I’ll go anywhere that will take, but I want to say somewhere close to home.”