“Some of the fans and some of the students tell me, ‘Hey, we didn't know you were that fast,'” Long said with a laugh. “I've always had it, just never showed it that much.”
But his teammates know what he's capable of doing.
“It doesn't surprise us,” offensive tackle Zac Uhles said. “He has really matured. He's quick and he's making the reads a lot faster, and that helps.”
Still, Long's running ability is only a portion of his contribution to the Tigers' success. Coach Greg Nation frequently points to his quarterback's ability to take command of the team.
“He's doing a great job with his leadership on the field,” Nation said. “He's got a lot of poise. He manages the clock well. He manages the game well. I think all those things together come into what makes him such a great quarterback for us.”