"I think that's what we're hoping for, is that some of these guys become leaders and help each other develop. I think that's how you get a program started."
Capital enters the season with lofty goals, returning 21 of 22 starters from its 7-4 season in 2012. Athlon Sports ranks the Cougars No. 2 in West Virginia behind No. 1 Martinsburg in its High School Football preview issue, released last week.
Haley isn't the only tailback Carpenter has at his disposal to work with sophomore quarterback Tyrhee Pratt. In fact, he's not even the top returning rusher on the squad.
"That's the thing. I stand here and think of ways to get Kashuan Haley the ball and we've got James Richmond," Carpenter said. "Heck, I think James Richmond's better than anyone in the county, and better than most in the state, so obviously we're going to want those two in the backfield together."
Richmond has been a regular in the Cougars' offense since his freshman season of 2010, and ran for 1,004 yards and 12 TDs on 126 carries last year.
Then there's junior Tyrell Davis.
"Tyrell Davis can start for anybody else, so we've been fortunate to keep him around here," Carpenter said. "So we feel like we've got three starting tailbacks. It'll be something trying to get them all the ball."
Carpenter noted that, in the interest of maximizing his team's depth, Haley could see time at any number of positions.
"Kashuan can play wide receiver," he said. "He's also a return guy and a defensive back. He can do so many things. I think he's got million-dollar talent, and now his attitude's catching up with it I think he can be as good as he wants to be."
When speaking of Capital standouts, there's a name always on Carpenter's mind.
"Keion Wright set the bar pretty high for anybody that comes through here, and they know that," he said. "I still call him 'Stick'. He's what every running back here is measured by. It's a tall task to live up to that."
Wright, whose football career ended with the close of the 2010 season, is the school's career rushing leader. Haley is not likely to reach Wright's 5,036 rushing yards, nor is Richmond or Davis.
What the current players have in their favor, however, is the ability to surpass Wright's career total of three playoff wins. The Cougars were eliminated in the quarterfinals three times during his career and failed to reach the playoffs during his junior season of 2009. Capital's last playoff win came in Richmond's freshman year, against Fairmont Senior.
The Cougars are idle during the first week of the regular season, and play their season opener at home against Riverside on Sept. 6.
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