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Slaton Working to Avoid Sophomore Slump

Steve Slaton had a big rookie year for the Texans, and as the Chronicle wrote on Wednesday, he’ll try to do whatever he can to make sure his second year is another success:

Steve Slaton’s 2008 season wasn’t just nice. It was very nice. So nice that it is understandable to look at his production and project greatness for the Texans’ second-year tailback. Slaton, who led the AFC in yards from scrimmage as a rookie, should only get better, right? The NFL history book has pages and pages of players who were supposed to get better; supposed to be great. They are listed in the one-year wonders section.

“That’s what I’m trying to prevent,” Slaton said. “(Sophomore slumps) happened to a lot of people and didn’t happen to a lot of people. I’m just trying to be one of those people that it didn’t happen to.” How much better can Slaton be? “He’s a young guy, and God bless him, he did a wonderful job last year, but he has a lot more to do,” Texans running backs coach Chick Harris said. “It’s a matter of being a better football player each day he comes on the football field, and trying to improve everything he does, not make any of the mistakes he made last year, and show that he has matured and he knows a lot more about our offense. “He has a lot of work to do.”

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