Ball State Season Preview: Running Backs

A position-by-position breakdown of the Ball State football team as it prepares for the 2015 season.

Ball State returns starters and top players at every position group on the field as it starts the 2015 season … except for one position – Running Back.

Gone is the school’s all-time leading rusher in Jahwan Edwards. After 4 years of Quake rumbling through opposing defenses, it is hard to see someone step in easily into the tremendous void that he leaves. That is why the Cardinals and Head Coach Pete Lembo will rely on three.

The trio of running backs that will take the majority of the carries this season will be Darian Green, James Gilbert and Teddy Williamson. Each brings something different to the table, but none of them brings a whole lot of experience.

Slated to start is lightly built, but speedy Darian Green. The 5-8 176 Green saw time last season, mainly lining up in the slot where he was effective in space of jet sweeps and smoke screens, but now he will be asked to carry the ball in a more traditional format and his ability to make plays in space means he will be relied upon heavily in the screen/passing game.

Also back from a season ago is the most tenured player in the trio, Teddy Williamson. The 5-9 205 Williamson is the biggest of the three backs and is the craftiest. He is effect at doing it all, running, receiving and blocking. He is the steady performer of the group, but will never WOW you with major athleticism or jaw dropping speed.

Finally in the rotation is true freshman James Gilbert. The 5-8 191 Gilbert was able to graduate early from high school and enrolled at Ball State in time to participate in spring practice. Gilbert is a solid back that is strong in between the tackles and has decent speed to break a long run from time to time. Gilbert is still learning the nuances of the college game, but should be able to come in and make plays in the ground game and get tough yards when needed.

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