UC shows running back depth in spring game

Everyone knows about the talent and depth the Cincinnati possesses at wide receiver, but Saturday showed that the Bearcats are pretty deep at another position as well; running back.

With Isaiah Pead and John Goebel missing Bearcat Bowl IV with injuries, fans got a chance to see Cincinnati's running back depth. Given an extensive look in the spring game, neither Darrin Williams nor Quentin Hines disappointed.

Williams, the redshirt sophomore from Detroit, led all rushers with 64 yards on 12 carries (5.3 yards per carry), including one touchdown. He also caught one pass for 20 yards.

This is nothing new for Williams who has showed consistent explosiveness all spring long, and is something that could translate into more playing time during the regular season for the sophomore.

"Darrin Williams has been a model of consistency day in and day out, and he continues to get better," head coach Butch Jones said after the spring game. "He's building trust on a daily basis with us. I've really like the spring he's had, and he's proven that we can win with him."

One thing most people knew about Williams was his speed and home run ability, but were not sure about his ability to run inside. At the spring game Williams showed the ability to run the ball between the tackles.

Not to be outdone, fellow sophomore and Detroit native Quentin Hines had an equally impressive game. Hines ran nine times for 52 (5.2 yards per carry).

The seldom used running back has impressed the coaches all spring long as well.

"Quentin is a guy who has continued to improve," Running backs coach Mark Elder said.

While Hines may not see a lot of playing time during the season, the coaching staff can feel better about their situation should Hines be forced into action.

With the physical nature of the running back position and the propensity for injuries, Jones and his staff have to like the depth they posses at running back.


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