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Marian University senior running back Tevin Lake reflects on his career with the Knights.

INDIANAPOLIS – The start to their run towards a second championship in program history began with the man who helped bring them their first.

In the opening 20 minutes of play of Marian’s NAIA Playoff opener against Georgetown College of Kentucky, senior Tevin Lake punched in a pair of touchdowns that got the Knights out to the early lead.

It would help the team pick up a victory in their playoff opener and earn them into the quarterfinals.

Lake’s big start helped to continue a senior season in which he was named MSFA Mideast Division Player of the Year for the second time in his career as he once again topped 1,000 yards rushing.

But when it comes to Lake's contributions to the program, his stats were only a small part of it.

The running back was critical in helping the program deal with the biggest change in their short history. After winning the 2012 NAIA Championship the original head coach of the program Ted Karras Jr left the school to take another job. Coming into his place was Mark Henninger who would represent the first coaching change in the school's history.

One of the players who helped to make that transition a smooth one was Lake, who took on a greater leadership role on the team. He along with others have helped the program continue their success under a new coach with six regular season wins in 2013 and then a conference-championship winning eight this season.

To see more about Lake's contributions to the program, click on the video above.