Texas Tech running back Cam’Ron Valdez waits his turn to unleash his talent


Cam’Ron Valdez spent his early childhood in the Central Texas town of Cameron, which is how he got his name.

“My mom wanted to name me something different,” the Texas Tech running back said, “so she named me Cam’Ron, coming from Cameron. That’s pretty unique, coming from that small town.”

Alas, Valdez moved in first grade to Rockdale, the neighboring rival in high-school sports 17 miles away. Cameron is home to Cameron Yoe, winner of four UIL football state championships, including three in a row from 2012 through 2014. But Valdez set the school record for career rushing yards at Rockdale, where he ran for 1,175 yards as a varsity sophomore, 1,697 yards as a junior and 1,406 yards as a senior.

He helped Rockdale beat Yoe once in three games during his varsity career.

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