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New Fever Running Back Has Plenty of Confidence

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-Cities Fever had a good thing going at running back but they were forced to move in a new direction.

Antoine Rutherford is stepping in at running back for the Fever after the Fever's 1st starting back, Tyson Thompson, made the jump to the United Football League.

In his debut against Kent, Rutherford averaged 6 yards a carry in the Fever's 71-24 drubbing of the Predators. And the Fever's new runner is not short on confidence.

"Now, it's my time," said Rutherford. "It's my opportunity and pretty much, the coaching staff put their trust in me to run the ball and I am going to do that every chance I get, 100% every time. I've been playing football since I was about 8-years-old so there really is no pressure. I just know what I have to do and my teammates believe in me so I come out every day ready to play and ready to practice hard and the game is easy."

The Tri-Cities Fever are at winless Colorado Saturday.

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