Position Analysis: Running backs

2015 Arkansas State Red Wolves position analysis. Reviewing the running backs.

The Candidates: 34 Michael Gordon (5-9, 201 Sr), 30 Johnston White (5-11, 182 RSo), 26 DeKeathan Williams (6-1, 213 RJr), 4 Terrance Hollingsworth (5-9, 206 So), 44 Logan Moragne (5-9, 197 RFr), 25 Katon Hill (5-10, 210), 6 Warren Wand (5-5, 174 Fr), 3 Jamal Jones (5-9, 185 Fr).

The Breakdown: Michael Gordon, Warren Wand or Johnston White.

The Numbers: In 2014 Michael (Flash) Gordon finished with a solid 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns. He averaged 6.9 yards per carry and also caught 25 balls for 191 yards and a touchdown. All this with basically a three and a half games off, as he played sparingly against Montana State and Tennessee and none against Miami and Utah State. Gordon has 1,899 yards in his Arkansas State career with 23 rushing and 2 receiving touchdowns. Johnston White proved a solid backup, rushing for 100 yards against Utah State last year. White finished his redshirt freshman campaign with 514 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns. Dekeathan Williams did score a touchdown last year against Tennessee, but spent most of the season on the defensive side of the ball. Terrance (Tank) Hollingsworth added 101 yards on 38 carries and a touchdown.

The Analysis: Michael Gordon has continually shown big-play ability, and last season cracked the 1,100 yard mark, following up a 754-yard sophomore campaign. Gordon has added mass to his frame this year in an attempt to lessen the damage of being the front-line back. When healthy, he's as good as any back in the conference.

Johnston White had a respectable showing as the walk-on from Memphis continued to fall forward, find holes and do his job. His 100-yard effort against Utah State was the first time the Aggies allowed a 100-yard rusher.

Dekeathan Williams looks to be a bigger option in the backfield around the goal-line and in short yardage, though he did have a 21-yard TD run against the Vols.

Terrance Hollingsworth saw limited action in his true freshman campaign and hopefully the All-Purpose Yardage leader in Alabama High School history can make an impact in his second year on campus.

Behind Hollingsworth are two true freshmen and two walk on redshirt freshmen. Warren Wand came from Oklahoma where he was a do everything back who lined up in the slot or came out of the backfield. Jamal Jones is a home run hitter in the Michael Gordon mold from Memphis' Trezevant High School. If both can digest the offense and become solid in the pass protection scheme, they may see time in the fall, at least on special teams.

Redshirt freshmen Logan Moragne and Katon Hill both had good showings in the Spring Game, and Moragne has earned mention from offensive coordinator Walt Bell.

The depth at the running back position this year is night and day from last year when Gordon played the season with a nagging rib injury, Williams was sent to defense to help with lack of depth at linebacker, and Hollingsworth hurt his knee. The depth is so much more that Brandon Byner, who saw action for 26 carries last year, was moved to cornerback to get his athletic ability on the field. Gordon should have another big year if healthy, and the back-up situation seems more stable going into this year where Wand and White are going to be the main options.