Posted On: 05/15/18 2:15 PM

Matt Koshiol was poised for a big season.

After being part of a running back platoon in 2016 as a sophomore, Koshiol became the featured back for Rocori last season. He rushed for around 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping the Spartans to their fourth-straight Class AAAA state tournament.

“Our goal was to win a state championship,” said Koshiol via email. “We unfortunately lost in the quarterfinals.”

Koshiol earned All-North Central District honors and was voted Rocori’s most valuable offensive player by his peers. Spartans coach Mike Rowe said those accolades are a product of Koshiol’s constant commitment to improve in all areas.

“Matt is a very driven student/athlete,” said Rowe via email. “When Matt is not in sports he is working hard on his academics.  Matt wants to play football at the highest level that he can and is working hard to accomplish this goal.”

Koshiol ran an electronic 4.88 40-yard dash at NFN’s 2016 Winter Combine with a vertical jump of 27 inches. Rowe said with a year and a half of training, Koshiol has shaved two-tenths off his 40 time, and also posted a vertical jump of 36 inches.

The combination of on-field production and off-field work

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