BCI Confidence Rating: Running Backs

As the Bearcats get ready to head into preseason camp Bearcat Insider gets ready for it's fifth year of watching the team get ready for another exciting season of Big East football. So how much confidence do we have in the running backs?

While some would say the running back position has underachieved the past couple of season with the lack of a 1,000+ rusher, Bearcat Insider feels there is good reasons to feel good about the players that will be asked to carry the rock in 2009.

Pressing Question: Who will be passed up on the depth chart? Entering camp John Goebel and Jacob Ramsey are listed one and two on the depth chart. But while last season saw Ramsey get the nod early he was passed over by Goegel in the final three games. Both players will be looking over their shoulders if Isaiah Pead continues to develop into the back many feel he'll become.

Breakdown: With at least three backs capable of carrying the rock with success don't be surprised if the Bearcats again don't have a 1,000+ yard rusher. But look for better production overall along with Darrin Williams getting his chance to show what he's got to offer out of the backfield. The dark horse back is local product Scott Johnson who has great size and runs hard.

The Big If: Will one back break free from the pack and become the work horse? No! Each back is special in what they can do. We do feel that John Goebel did take a step ahead of Ramsey showing his versatility carrying the ball and catching passes out of the position. If you play running back at UC this fall you better bring your game each week because someone will take your place.

Our Call: Don't look at each runner for their yardage totals at the end of the season. Look at each of them as one and see how productive they were overall. This is a deep group of solid players capable of scoring on the ground or in the air. This is the most talented group of backs since Bearcat Insider has covered the team.

Confidence Rating: We're giving the Bearcats running backs a 9 as the depth at the position along with the different talent levels give the Bearcats a deep and talented group of players. Look for Pead to take the next steps everyone expected when he signed with the Bearcats. Speed kills and the Bearcats running backs have speed and power.

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