Numbers at running back

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.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

    Florida State had almost as good a recruiting season as Ole Miss and FSU will start a Freshman at QB James Winston 6-4 227 from Hueytown Alabama.. They hoping to get back to the Bobby Bowden days

    • Killer_Beeze

      And we all care because…????

  • Cid Riley

    Last year I predicted that Ole Miss would win 7 games and would go to the Compost Bowl. This year, I can see the ole jonnie rebs winning 6 and going to the Idaho Potatoes Bowl, after a total arse kicking in the Egg Bowl. They should be a tough out vs Montana State.. Then it’s probation for 4 years for non compliance of NCAA rules. #olemissprobation2014

    • Killer_Beeze

      How many games (last year) did M00 U. win out of their last six douche bag?
      Oh, I see M00 U. winning 5 games and going wee wee wee all the way home. 🙁

  • REB

    Does every football recruit know that The Mi$$ $TATE Football program IS on 2 years probation. And my scources say a follow investations are in progress. They NEED TO KNOW, they don’t want to get trapped at a losers program.

  • Cid Riley

    Ole Miss has been on double secret probation for 35 years. Recruits need to know that the NCAA has agents permanently posted in Oxford. They allow Ole Miss to cheat, because they still can’t make Atlanta….Ol Eddie O couldn’t get it done with great recruits either…….#olemissprobation2014.

    • Killer_Beeze

      Well, Cid, Coach Nutt got ‘er done with Ogeron’s recruits. Two back2back Cotton Bowl wins. Guess that must of conveniently slipped your mind. and who won last year’s Egg Bowl douche bag?

  • REB

    Old BUELL DAG, knows whats coming for his little Bulldag$. A big can of “Asswhup”, I’ll go on their blog site shortly to inform them of their probation situation, thanks Buell Dag, I mean Turf Guy, I mean C R.

  • Cid Riley

    4 days until……

  • Cid Riley

    Cotton Bowl? Cotton Bowl? Is that the most Ole Miss can brag about? After all those top 10 classes recruited by the O and Cotton Bowls are it. Not to mention that Bama was down, State was down and Les Miles was a idiot…Cotton Bowl is the new National Championship…#olemissprobation2014…

  • Cid Riley

    I got some wasp n hornet spray for you..kb

  • Cid Riley

    Heck ….ole miss has cheated practically their entire existence and still has never won a National Championship….the Jonnie Rebelbears are not even relevant…never has been and never will be. Back to the bear cave. #olemissprobation 2014.

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