It's a typical sports story: Starter gets hurt. Backup gets opportunity. New guy prospers.

One of the more glaring examples last season of that tried and true scenario was Forest Park running back Ryan Lee, whose playing time increased when Jason Roy went down with an injury.

Lee went from two carries in the opener to a pair of 30-tote games late in the season, including one in which he rushed for 236 yards and five touchdowns.

"I knew my time would come, but I didn't know it would be like that," said Lee, who in 2003 was the only sophomore to earn first-team all-Cardinal District recognition. "It woke me up a little bit. I didn't know I was capable of taking it that far."

About 50 yards shy of 1,000 last season, the 5-foot-7, 170-pound Lee could make a strong push to top that mark, particularly with the return of three linemen -- Andy Lawton, Taylor Irwin and Kevin Higgins -- who earned varying degrees of all-district recognition.

Assuming the blocking is there, Bruins Coach Jerry Williams can think of at least four reasons why Lee should prosper.

"He's quick, he makes good decisions in the holes most of the time, he's a very strong kid and he's got real good speed," Williams said. "He's got a little bit of everything there. He can be elusive when he needs to be. He can run away from people when he needs to. He's a very confident young man. He believes he can gain yards."

Woodbridge defenders no doubt believe it, too. Lee carried 11 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-30 win over the Vikings in Week 4 last season, then notched the 236-yard game against Woodbridge in Week 8, the Bruins' other victory.

The last three games, against the Cardinal District competition, Lee gained 520 yards, with 156 on 19 carries in the regular season finale against neighboring school Hylton. In that game, his 75-yard touchdown run gave the Bruins a brief lead over the Bulldogs.

Forest Park's Ryan Lee shows the form that helped him gain nearly 1,000 yards last year. "I didn't know I was capable of taking it that far," he said.