When Roosevelt's Jude Innocent displayed strength, speed and elusiveness for an electrifying 51-yard touchdown in the second quarter of last Saturday's opening-day victory over Lawrence, it was as if he had acted the part of his favorite movie characters.
"I like the Marvel movies -- Spiderman, Iron Man," Innocent said. "The last movie I saw was Iron Man 3."
He played like a superhero in his first game at Roosevelt after transferring from Brentwood. The 5-10, 185-pound senior carried 16 times for 282 yards and five touchdowns -- on runs of 2, 51, 42, 60 and 65 -- in the Rough Riders' 44-14 victory over host Lawrence that ended the Golden Tornadoes' 20-game winning streak. For his performance last Saturday, Innocent was named the first Newsday Athlete of the Week for the fall sports season.
There were no theatrics after any of his scores. "He's very even-keel, not really excitable. He's a gentleman on the field," Roosevelt coach Joe Vito said. "On that run, he did it on his own. The blocking broke down. He gets hit right in the backfield and spins off. He breaks two or three tackles. He spins again and just beats everyone to the end zone. It was one of those highlight runs. When he scored, he acted like he'd been there before and gave the ball to the referee."
Innocent's demeanor during games matches his temperament beforehand. "I'll listen to hip-hop early in the morning," he said of his favorite music style, "but not right before games. I like everyone being quiet and just concentrating and getting into the mood for a game."
Innocent wants a career as a physical therapist, enjoys his science classes, ESPN SportsCenter even more, and football most of all. His favorite NFL team is the Jets.