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Looking at the projected 3-deep at all four backfield positions plus a handful of true and redshirt freshman there are about 15 guys that could conceivably have carries next season. Do we have anyone that has the potential to gain 1,000 yards? AB, BB, or QB? Laskey, Zenon, Bostic, Vad? Can Perkins comeback strong? Will Snoddy emerge? You know whoever ends up on the field will get ample touches and have a pretty good line. Do we have anyone one with star power?
I think Laskey would have done it in 2012 if he wasn't splitting carries with Sims. BBack production was closer to normal levels, over 1200 yards, I believe. However, like you say, there wasn't a lot of star power in the lineup.
Laskey gets a surprising amount of yards on carries that look stuffed, and can get 10 when the hole is there. But, we need someone who can punch it into the endzone on 40, 60, & 80 yard carries. That makes defenses think twice about flowing into the flat so quickly.
We were really spoiled having Dwyer in the first few years. He set a standard that is incredibly hard to live up to. We'd have to be recruiting Adrian Peterson types every year to match his production. Honestly, I think the Peterson comparison isn't that far of a stretch - the two are remarkably similar in build, power, and speed:
Last edited by pckl300; 01-29-2013 at 12:18 PM.
Dwyer was amazing. We should hope for an Ant Allen type of BB. Shooting for another Dwyer is just too much. You could take a solid guy, put tons of pressure on him, and his confidence just wanes because he's not putting up 1800 yds, making 60yd game changing runs or trucking guys 30 yds downfield.
As for Dwyer and Peterson, they used to have similar builds. Dwyer has gained a bit of weight up north, and is more like Jerome Bettis now.
As for the 2013 backfield, Snoddy may emerge as a go-to guy. It'll be interesting to see who takes the B spot. Sims and Laskey both have ability, and PJ seems to like to rotate them. If we run Vad from the Pistol, maybe he becomes the number 1 option as a runner?
In 2014, I'm expecting Travis Custis to start kicking some ass!
i'm stoked about custis. but from what i've seen of wilson and douglas i think we're on to something with this class of BBs coming in. certainly the best i've felt about BB recruiting since CPJ has been here.
what will help BB production is solid QB play, too. if vad and justin pan out as we hope it's going to open up a ton with this offense. JN made others around him better. i feel the same can happen under either of those two.
Last edited by stonedwall; 01-29-2013 at 01:10 PM.
I look for Vad to have 1000+ yds rushing and 2000+ yards passing barring injury. If Orwin did not do it this year, it may be a long dry spell for an A back to get to 1000 yds. They just do not get the touches. You need at least 10 - 15 touches per game for the whole season.
Synjyn Days needs to emerge-we need a BIG 3rd down guy.190 lb guys get nowhere a lot these days
I think Vad will lead the team in rushing by 50-100 yards, and then a bunch of guys will be about even after that. Lots of talented backs on the squad and only so many touches to go around.
To me, the bigger question is who leads the team in receiving? Godhigh, Bostic? I think it's key that its NOT an A-back.