More good news for UT Martin’s offense today: Abou Toure, a former Utah State running back originally from the Ivory Coast, has joined the Skyhawks. The 6’2, 230-pound running back has two years of eligibility remaining.
“We are excited to have Abou join our backfield,” head coach Jason Simpson said. “It’s always good to have big, physical running backs and Abou fits that mold.”
Toure played behind honorable mention All-American and eventual NFL Draft pick Kerwynn Williams, seeing action in one game last season, tallying two carries for six yards. It’s easy to see why he transferred.
Before Utah State, Toure played at Dean College in Franklin, Mass., scoring a pair of touchdowns in the season opener against Naval Academy Prep School before a high ankle sprain led to a season-ending injury and a medical redshirt.
Toure experienced tremendous success as a freshman while attending Valley Forge Military College in Wayne, Pa. in 2010, There, Toure chalked up first team All-Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference accolades after rushing for more than 1,000 yards and helping the Trojans to an undefeated season.
As a prep, Toure attended Framingham High School in Framingham, Mass. Toure amassed 1,204 yards on 144 carries with 11 touchdowns to guide the Flyers to the 2009 state championship. He garnered first team All-Bay State Conference accolades and was selected to play in the Shrine All-Star Game.