Devin Brumfield

Devin Brumfield plays running back for Covington

Rod Walker

Devin Brumfield could have rested Sunday.

He deserved it.

After all, he had rushed 38 times for 244 yards and three touchdowns to help Covington High cap off an undefeated regular season just two nights before.

But nope, not Brumfield.

He was ready to get back to work.

"I had to go to the school and open the weight room up for him," said Covington coach Greg Salter. "I gave him the weekend off and he was ready to get back in the weight room. That's the kind of kid he is."

That work ethic, bundled with loads of talent, helped Brumfield eclipse the 6,000-yard career mark on Friday night in a win over Mandeville. He's currently at 6,021 yards and 70 touchdowns headed into Friday's Class 5A playoff opener against Thibodaux. This season, he has amassed 1,779 yards and 18 touchdowns and is looking to add more as the Lions (10-0) chase their first state championship since 1976.

"It's win or go home now, so we need to focus and practice like we play," Brumfield said. "We are going to take it week by week and try to continue this journey. This could be my last week, my last game so I want to just give it all I got and just go fight."

Sometimes in the next month or so, Brumfield will carry the ball for the final time in a Covington uniform.

He'd like his last carry to be just as special as his first one.

He was a freshman at the time, breaking loose for an 80-yard run on his very first carry. He got chased down and didn't score, but he set the tone for things to come for the next four years. And that carry helped motivate him.

"I knew I couldn't get caught anymore after that," Brumfield.

His numbers are mind boggling.

He's played in 43 games, going over 100 yards in 34 of them. He's surpassed 200 yards in 10 of them, including a 262-yard outing against Northshore. His numbers in the weight room are just as impressive.

He can bench press 385 pounds and can squat 525 pounds.

"He's just an animal in the weight room," Salter said. "He's humbled, grounded and works his butt off."

Brumfield credits his humility to how he was raised.

His parents Kizzy Laurant and Larry Brumfield will be in Jack Salter Stadium Friday night just like they always are. His five siblings will be there too. They are all part of the reason he runs as hard as he does.

"They all support me, so everything I do is for them so I make sure I do the best I can," Brumfield said.

His teammates call him "D6", for his first initial and the jersey number he wears.

He wanted No. 28, because of Adrian Peterson, but it wasn't available. So he went with 6, the number that former Covington running back C.J. Sims.

"I got it and said hopefully I could do great things with this number like he did," Brumfield said.

And he's done just that, becoming a celebrity in his hometown.

Kids around town often stop him and ask for autographs or pose for a picture.

That's what happens when you have a squeaky clean reputation like Brumfield.

"All the other kids always ask me, 'Coach, when are you going to get on Devin about something?' " Salter said. "It's hard because Devin does everything right. He's a once in 30-year type player that doesn't come around much."

Brumfield's next stop is Texas Tech. He verbally committed to the Red Raiders before the season began. He plans to sign in February, but will take some official visits before then.

For now, he's trying to get the Lions to the Superdome, a building he's never played in.

But at some point, he knows he'll be taking off his No. 6 jersey, a number that perhaps will someday be retired, for the final time.

"I know tears are going to fall," Brumfield said. "It's been a great four years. The best four years of my life."

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