Jennings seems to be the shiftiest runner of the group and that seems to pay dividends in the offense. He has good hands and a good burst which is also a plus.
Xavier Smith had a solid spring, though one marred by personal tragedy. His mother went missing during the final week of practice and was found murdered prior to the spring game. Despite that, Smith did not miss a practice and played very well.
Terry Longbons also had a solid spring. He was clearly the number three, but got a good amount of carries in the two scrimmages and put up good numbers.
Stepping Up: Jennings entered the spring as the starter and did nothing to hurt his chances of starting against BYU.
Pleasant Surprise: No one really knew what to make of Longbons. Injuries and a personal tragedy of his own kept him off the field. He showed that he is not going down without a fight.
Question For The Fall: Do they have a marquee back? Do they need one? Although there are several bodies on the roster, none have proven themselves. All three runners, as well as the two incoming freshmen, have a load of talent, but no one is proven. The second question may be more important. There are some who believe that even a decent back can put up huge numbers in the spread.
Final Thought: I think the Cats have some capable runners, but I'm not sure there is a star. It was really tough to get a very good gauge on things over the spring because the defense had become very familiar with the offense
Xavier Smith: 16-120 (7.5 ypc)
Chris Jennings 14-103 (7.4 ypc)
Terry Longbons 12-71 (5.9 ypc)