Going into Spring - RUNNING BACKS

The 2003 recruiting class now contains three running backs; two fullbacks and one tailback. This spring, the new coaching staff will be looking at what they have vs. what's on the way. Coach Morriss has said he likes to throw more than run, but anyone knows a good running game, or at least the threat of a good running game can only improve the passing game. Coach Morriss and staff will be looking to find out who can contribute.

With some of the "indifference" with the football program at the end of last season, it may have gone unnoticed that a Baylor running back had back-to-back 100+ yard rushing games. It's been "awhile" since any Baylor running back accomplished that feat, and it certainly bodes well for that returning back going into spring.

TAILBACKS

Rashad Armstrong, 5-8, 198, Sr-1L - Rashad had 19 carries for 103 yards rushing against the Oklahoma Sooners. The following week against Oklahoma State, Rashad carried the ball 33 times in a yeoman effort, for 112 yards. He was the game's leading rusher. He also was the team's leading ball carrier getting 159 carries for 647 yards (4.069 yards per carry) and 4 touchdowns. Based on those results, Rashad would certainly appear to have the upper-hand going into spring training.

Jonathan Golden, 6-1, 221, Sr-3L - The second leading rusher on the 2002 season was Jonathan Golden, who picked up 392 yards on 112 carries (3.5 y.p.c) and 8 touchdowns. Jonathan started 7 games, and played in all 12, but will have to have a stellar spring to challenge Armstrong.

Anthony Kreig, 6-0, 220, Jr-2L - Anthony played in only 7 games in an injury-plagued season last fall, rushing only 17 times for 22 yards (1.29 y.p.c.) and no touchdowns. Hopefully, the injuries are behind him and he can mount some kind or threat against his teammates this spring for playing time.

Paul Mosley, 6-3, 218, Fr-Rs - The redshirt season is over and one of the more anticipated running backs to wear the green and gold is going to see his first spring practice. As a senior at Austin Anderson in 2001, Paul rushed for 2,338 yards and 29 touchdowns on 259 carries (9 yards per carry), but probably the most revealing thing is that he only suffered one fumble all season long. Max Emfinger called him the best running back to come out of the state last year. Baylor got him when he changed his commitment from Oklahoma State to Baylor the evening before Signing Day. We'll see, come spring, how all these stats match up to the incumbants.

That's it for scholarship tailbacks available for spring training. There are some other backs on the team as walk-ons and they will certainly get opportunities to show what they can do.

Staron Faucher, 5-8, 177, Sr-Sq, Aldine Nimitz
Fola Lawal, 5-10, 185, Fr-Rs, Ft. Bend Dulles
Austin McCann, 5-11, 175, Fr-Rs, Evant HS
Gabriel Mosqueda, 5-10, 200, So-Sq, Deer Park HS
Jonathan Sisk, 6-1, 210, Fr-Rs, Conroe HS

FULLBACK

Jonathan Evans, 6-1, 240, Jr-2L - Jonathan, used primarily in a blocking roll last season had very little productivity running with the football. Although playing in all 12 games and starting 4, Jonathan only had 9 total yards on 3 carries. Much of the anticipation concerning Jonathan Evans will be in learning just what role the fullback plays in the offensive philosophy and schemes of this new staff.

According to the roster, that is all the players who will be among those available for spring practice. It's entirely possible that some of the "non-scholarship" players listed above under TAILBACKS, might be FULLBACKS. In any event, the numbers are slim, especially compared to years past when we had 8-10 on scholarship at one time. No matter what happens this fall, look for all three incoming runningbacks to get good looks in August.


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