After NSD: A look at the RB position

Taking a look at the running back position, post signing day.

The list of competitors to replace Isaiah Pead is about as long as the list of Pead's accomplishments, and the list is as about that impressive as well.

INCUMBANTS (6): George Winn, Jameal Poteat, Akise Teague, Ralph David Abernathy IV, Anthony King, Adam Fearing SIGNEES (3): Deionte Buckley (enrolled), Aaron Harris (JUCO), Tion Green,

Cincinnati received a signing day surprise when Michigan swooped down and flipped Dennis Norfleet, but if there was a position group that the ‘Cats could take a hit – it would be running back.

Winn has been a steady back-up and change of pace back for UC throughout his career, and his touchdown run against Vanderbilt in the Liberty Bowl highlighted his importance to the team. He finished the season with 219 yards on 40 carries and two touchdowns.

The gems of last year's class, Poteat and Teague, had varying levels of participation. An injury cost Teague most of the season and he will earn a medical redshirt, while Poteat showed flashes of greatness in his limited opportunities. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry and recorded one touchdown.

Junior college signee Aaron Harris may be the biggest back on the roster, battling Poteat, and didn't come to Cincinnati to waste away for two seasons.

MY TAKE: I don't believe Cincinnati will have the one back, like Pead, that handled the bulk of the carries. However, this position group will have a greater impact on the Bearcats' offense. I would slot Poteat into the "starter" role, but Winn, Harris and possibly Green will see their share of the workload. Don't be surprised to see packages with three running backs on the field at the same time.

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