While building depth has been a theme at many positions — wide receiver, offensive line, cornerback — there has been plenty of depth at running back.
But depth and experience are different things.
What makes the running back position behind Jeff Scott exciting is the “potential.”
Click here for my column on the running backs, which appeared in the Mother Ship this morning.
Fans saw I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton do good things last year.
Freshman Mark Dodson had a very good spring for a guy who had been in high school just a few weeks prior.
Now that others have arrived on campus, Dodson has been just one in the group this month.
But it’s been a very good group. While Mathers and Walton will get the first crack at playing time based on their experience — at least that’s what viewable reps in practice and the first depth chart suggest — Kailo Moore’s speed gives him an asset that others don’t have. Look for Hugh Freeze to try and get him the ball with quick pitches and short passes.
Jordan Wilkins has looked good too, and at 6-1, 210 is the biggest of the group. Freeze has told us before that size doesn’t really matter if you’re running hard, and the play is blocked well in front of you.
I disagree. A bigger body that can run through first contact is an asset, and it’s something this team didn’t have last year. Had he remained in the program that might have been a role for Maikhail Miller.
It could be an asset that gets Wilkins on the field, though there are other ways to attack short-yardage. Unless that becomes a problem that causes Freeze to tinker, Wilkins could get a redshirt.
That wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing either.