With their two leading rushers coming back to Waco for the 2013 season, running back is one area where the Bears are easily set at. They have one of the most dynamic and complete set of runners in the nation, led by power back Glasco Martin and speed-back Lache Seastrunk. Between the two, they had just over 1,900 yards rushing, 22 rushing touchdowns and averaged 6.13 yards per carry. Those are extraordinary numbers, especially considering leading rusher Seastrunk wasn't even heavily involved in the game plan until the 8th game, his first with more than 7 carries.
There isn't a better duo in the country in my opinion. Lache Seastrunk is one of the most explosive players in college football, and is a legitimate Heisman contender even outside of his own head. He has speed that is unparalleled at the tailback position and has the ability to score on any play from anywhere on the field. Glasco Martin on the other hand has turned himself into a powerful weapon for the Bears, especially in short yardage or goal line situations. Some players just have a gift of finding the right crease or sliver of an opening to get the yards they need, and Martin definitely has it. But do not think of him as just a situational runner though. He is more than capable of big gains as well, especially late in the game when defenders are tired of tackling his 220 pound frame.
But it is not only the starters that have Bear fans excited about the position. Shock Linwood, a 5-8 freshman running back was one of the breakout stars of spring camp, and looks to emerge as the third guy in the rotation. Also a redshirt freshman is Devin Chafin, a big-bruising running back who will need some time in the system and weight room. Also, coming to campus in the fall is 3-star recruit Johnny Jefferson. The highly sought after freshman might have the biggest upside out of the three backups right now, as he has excellent speed and size. With offers from Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and UCLA, Jefferson is an impact recruit who will probably get a redshirt year in 2013 before taking on a larger role in 2014.
The Bears will have experience and depth next year on the roster at running back, and with options for several different running styles. You have the power of Martin and Chafin and the speed of Seastrunk and Linwood to go along with the more balanced style of Jefferson. That is a powerful mix right there.
For the future though, the Bears already have one of probably two commitments for the running back spot accounted for. Terence Williams, a 6-2, 220 pound bruising running back from Ennis High School was the Bears 3rd commitment in the 2013 recruiting class. Williams will fill the role of the larger back in Briles offense, more of the finisher than the big play guy, though Glasco Martin has made plenty of big runs as the "short-yard"guy.
The other spot is a little murkier. The only other offer out right now to a running back is Joe Mixon, a 4-star stud from California. The Bears are competing against pretty much every Pac-12 team and national power for his services. If I were to be honest, I would put the odds of landing Mixon as quite long. There are a few more realistic scat-back type runners that are getting some attention from the Bears though.
Cedric Dale is the first guy that I think will get an offer from the Bears when they move on from Mixon. He is a 5-9 athlete with tremendous speed and the ability to play on both sides of the. I personally like him at running back due to his size and vision with the ball. He transferred into Hebron High School this year from Fort Worth Timber Creek. He has offers from Texas Tech and North Texas right now, but has already visited Baylor, Georgia and Oklahoma State.
Another runner to keep an eye on is Corey Avery, the Dallas Carter running back. At 5-10, he is a bit bigger than Dale, but has good speed as well. He already has offers from Nebraska, Texas Tech and West Virginia.