Brandon Whitaker: Perfect Fit in BU's Offense

Standing 5-10 190, Brandon Whitaker is entering his junior season at Baylor University. The agile running back seems to be a perfect fit in Baylor's new offensive attack.

Baylor Bear running back Brandon Whitaker has displayed it all: speed, the ability to catch the ball, shake and bake moves, and most importantly the ability to hold on to the football.

Brandon Whitaker is a name familiar around the Baylor community, and will more than likely be a name other Big 12 schools will know by season's end. The junior running back will split time with senior Paul Mosley this year in the backfield, but Whitaker has the goods to make the Baylor offense electrifying.

As a sophomore, Whitaker carried the ball only 101 times, but made the most of each carry sporting a 4.8 yards per carry average. In addition, the versatile runnig back hauled in 30 passes for 160 yards. But perhaps the statistic that made most of the Baylor Bears coaching staff happy was the fact that Whitaker never fumbled the ball. In today's game, it is hard to find a running back that can do it all, but Whitaker seems to be one of the few who can.

Already, the comparisons are being made to former Texas Tech standout running back Taurean Henderson. Afterall, the Baylor Bears offense will be very similar in design to what Texas Tech utilizes, and Whitaker was selected as the Baylor Bears best offensive skill player. However, the Bears will utilize two-back sets more often and with that comes the need to spread the ball around. Paul Mosley, a bruising running back listed at 6-3 235, will also be in the mix in the backfield. Mosley, who has also made a name for himself for his abilty to hold on to the football, carried the ball 180 times last year for 657 yards and 7 touchdowns. Mosley was honored for his play by receiving the offensive MVP award (shared with teammate Dominique Zeigler).

With the spread offense in place, Whitaker has the ability to score from anywhere on the field at any given time. The native of Oklahoma creates mismatches with linebackers, can outrun linemen to the edge, and can beat coverage down the field to get open for the homerun. His start-stop ability makes it hard for opposing to defenses to tackle him, and his positive attitude makes it easy for his fellow teammates to play alongside of him.

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