As we continue our look at the Bearcats Depth Chart as they prepare to enter the 2005 preseason, we turn our attention to the running back position. With the top two players listed being Bradley Glatthaar and Butler Benton, many would feel comfortable with these two top backs in place, but don't tell that to the other backs stashed away on the depth chart. Each is looking for their time to shine and prove the have the right stuff to be the man.
BRADLEY GLATTHAAR - SO
5'11 - 225
We start with my favorite Bradley Glatthaar. The Elder grad proved all the recruiting experts wrong and played as a true freshman for the Bearcats in 2004. While not the main ball carrier last season, expect Glatthaar to see his share of the workload in 2005. While not blessed with blazing speed, Glatthaar uses great vision and quick feet to hit the holes and make positive yards. A dependable ball carrier that rarely drops the ball on the turf, Glatthaar could see a breakout season if given enough carries.
BUTLER BENTON - SO
6'1 - 210
What a problem for the Bearcats. With number 23 jerseys hanging on book store racks, you have to feel the university is expecting big things from Benton. With over 400 yards rushing as a true freshman, Benton has the size and athletic ability to be a big-time back in any offensive system. Injury slowed him this spring and allowed other backs the chance to catch up and make great strides. But look for Benton to team with any back and have a huge impact. Having a deep backfield will help the Bearcats in the very physical Big East this season.
MIKE DANIELS - JR
5'7 - 185
Instant offense is Daniels game. The Princeton High School product has shown why he's so dangerous when the ball is in his hand. Look for the coaches to design several plays to make use of his athletic ability this fall. While he won't get the big number of carries, he will allow Coach Treadwell to move things around and keep defenses guessing where Daniels could get the ball at. In the spring the staff used Daniels in several passing downs and saw great success as Daniels would provide a great safety valve. Key use will still be on special teams but look for more offensive output in 2005. Bearcat Insider spoke with Mike Daniels during the Big East Day and he had the following to say. "This is going to be my year. I'm now feeling comfortable in my role and expect to do big things when I get the ball."
DELBERT FERGUSON - RS-FR
6'1 - 225
Power back who has returned from an injury he suffered during his senior year of high school. Made great strides during the spring after having a shaky start to his college career. Has learned work ethic can overtake talent at the college level and has worked to improve his work in the weight room. Has the size any college program would love to see from a back and knows how to lower his shoulder to get positive yards. Has made great strides in catching the ball coming out of the backfield and that will help him to become the complete player the Bearcat coaching staff is looking for. Look for big things this fall and into the rest of his Bearcat career.
MARSHWAN GILYARD - FR
6'1 - 180
Talk with running backs coach Tim Hinton and he gets a very large smile on his face about this special player. Great athlete who could be a special team's player as a true freshman, Gilyard will also be helped being with such a deep group of backs if the coaches decide to redshirt him this fall. But with all of his ability it will be hard to keep this talented player off the field.
CARL JONES - SR
5'9 - 195
Player who's seen coaches pull him to both sides of the ball and different positions during his Bearcats career. Lacks the size of a big-time back but will see the field on special teams. Had a very good spring and will look to improve in preseason camp.
GREG MOORE - JR
6'2 - 225
The one player on this team who's not come close to reaching his potential. Has great size and physical ability to be one of college footballs top backs. If he's done the work this summer and is ready to work this fall could see steady playing time. Has all the tools just needs to put it all together.
DOUG JONES - SO
6'4 - 282
When scouts talk about freakish players they are talking about players like Doug Jones. With a tight ends body and a top fullback's ability, Jones gives the Bearcats great versatility on the offensive side of the ball. Will only get better as he become more comfortable at the fullback position. Has a chance to play on Sunday in a few years.
MARCUS WAUGH - FR
5'11 - 230
While listed as a running back, Waugh could see his future as a fullback or even on the defensive side of the ball. Watched him play during the Ohio North / South game and came away very impressed with his work ethic and physical ability. But with all the depth at the running back position will be hard for him to get on the field.
MARCUS WINSTON - RS-FR
6'2 - 230
Has the size you want from your fullback. But will be sitting behind one of the biggest if not the biggest fullback in the country in Brad Jones. But in the Big East you can never have enough bodies to battle with. Look for Winston to get time on special teams as he continues to learn how the college game is played. Great prospect.
DWIGHT STARGELL - JR
5'11 - 240
Sparkplug fullback who's made great strides after joining the Bearcats as a walk-on. Look for the majority of his playing time to come on special teams, but he also could break into the rotation at fullback and contribute.
EVAN SPARKS - JR
6'0 - 200
Team player who knows his role. Goes all out in practice and anytime he take the field. Will not be a key member of the offense on game day, but knows his role and is proud to be part of the Bearcats program.
BRAD BURY - RS-FR
6'1 - 240
Bury is waiting his time behind Jones in the Bearcats offense. Look for Bury to see more playing time as the year goes on and he gets more experience. While he won't be the main fullback on this year's offense, his role on special teams and as Doug Jones backup will have a huge impact on the overall success of the Bearcats this season. Still a year away from being a main fullback.
As you can see from the impressive list of players, the Bearcats are deep in talent at the running back position for 2005. Injury or lack of production will not affect the offense with the depth and talent listed above. While many feel West Virginia is loaded at the running back position I feel the Bearcats can hang right with them.