THE WOODLANDS - He is one of, if not the best football player in the Houston area. But these days, Daniel Lasco finds himself in a different role.

It s terrible and I hate just standing on the sidelines just wishing I could be out there with them and helping the team win, said Lasco.

The senior, who last year rushed 216 times for over 15-hundred yards and 17 touchdowns, sprained his ankle in the Woodland s season opener forcing him to miss this week s showdown with Hightower.

(I ve been) Kind of down in the dumps, said Lasco. Things happen and its football and I m just going to take it one day at a time and see what happens.

In the meantime, Lasco, who has verbally committed to USC, has become a teacher.

He s been out here helping coach the running backs and providing all the support that everybody needs and I think his attitude is in the right place right now, said head coach Mark Schmid.

And his teammates appreciate the support.

He is a great players when he is out there and you know he is our biggest cheerleader rooting on the guys who are now starting, said offensive tackle Colin Burton.

But soon, he will once again be the main guy, at least, when the time is right.

We re not going to put anyone out there before they are ready, said Schmid. We ll be holding him back because he is going to think he will be ready to go probably before the doc says he can go.

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