2003 Recruiting: Running Backs

Running back was not a pressing need for the Wildcats and as such the Wildcats only went after top-tier running backs. For other positions the Cats looked for diamonds in the rough, but at running back the Cats only pursued highly rated players. The Cats only signed two players, but both were top-100 performers.

Key losses: Joey Wilrodt
Key returners: Clarence Farmer Sr.; Mike Bell RS Fr.; Gainus Scott RS Fr.; Beau Carr So.; Sean Jones RS So.; Gilbert Harris So.

The Cats return their top rushers, so landing a running back was not vital. The Cats did add two quality backs who should contribute before they leave. Farmer has the inside track for the starting job at half back, but will get a stiff test from Bell and Scott.

Chris Henry
RB, 6-0, 215
Edison HS, Stockton, Calif
Rank: RB #94, 2-stars

Henry is a good athlete who will play running back at Arizona but was also being viewed as a linebacker by many. Henry originally committed to Cal in September but had a change of heart and chose Arizona over Oregon State. Henry is extremely fast for his size and can probably play either fullback or halfback in the Arizona system.

"I just know I can really compete with these guys," Henry said. "I thrive on competition. I see a guy do something and I want to do it better."

2003 Role: Henry could see action right away at fullback. No player stepped up to grab the role in 2002 and if neither Harris nor Jones win the job, Henry could seriously be in the mix right away.

Brenton Bolden
RB, 6-0, 195
Clear Creek HS, League City, TX
Rank: RB #75, 3-stars

Speedy tailback who rushed for 1,147 yards and 18 touchdowns. A great athlete, Bolden also plays basketball and runs track. Runs a 4.4, but is also a great blocker. Heartland recruiting calls him one of the most underrated runners in the Lone Star State. Was all-district and third team All-State.

"I would say I'm a breakaway back," said Bolden. "I have big play potential."
2003 Role: Bolden will most likely redshirt due to the number or backs ahead of him. With Farmer and the others in place he is perfectly content in sitting out the season.

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