Spring Football Preview: Running Backs

Inside, a look at the running back positions as the Buffs prepare to start spring practices next week.

Brian Lockridge knows all about Darrell Scott. And he knows all about Ray Polk and Rodney Stewart, too. He served as the latter two running backs' host when they took their official recruiting visits to Colorado last fall.

He's looking forward to the three players getting to Boulder and competing with him and the other returning tailbacks at Colorado.

"The more competition, the better we get as a group," Lockridge said last week. "I encourage that. We need to keep bringing them in."

Before all that, though, Lockridge is looking forward to using the Buffs' spring practices to hone his game.

"I can't wait," the sophomore said.

Lockridge ran for 213 yards in a backup role during his true freshman season last fall. He led the Buffs with a 5.6 yards per carry average. He and third-year sophomore Demetrius Sumler are the two returning tailbacks with the most experience. Sumler rushed for 335 yards last fall, second behind Hugh Charles, who's graduated.

Lockridge said he wants to work on his blocking this spring, in order to become a better all around back. "And be more patient," he said. "As a running back, you need to be patient."

He said he likes the idea of moving Kai Maiava from offensive line to fullback, a position switch the coaches are experimenting with in the coming weeks.

"Especially in run blocking situations, he could be a real key," Lockridge said.

But let's be honest: The spring will certainly provide a lot of reps for Lockridge, Sumler and the other three tailbacks on the roster. But highly touted Darrell Scott will be given every opportunity to win the starting role in August. Lockridge said he's not backing down from any competition.

"I can't wait for him to get in and contribute to the team," Lockridge said.

The Roster

Tailbacks (2007 stats)
Brian Lockridge, 5-7, 175, So.
8 games, 38-213/5.6, 1 TD
Arthur Jaffee, 5-11, 205, R-Fr.
Kevin Moyd, 5-7, 195, Jr.
6 games, 4-16/4.0
Cory Nabors, 5-9, 185, So.
Demetrius Sumler, 5-10, 215, So.
11 games, 110-335/3.4, 4 TD, 6 rec., 1 TD
Jake Behrens, 6-0, 230, Jr.
9 games, 5-33/6.5, 1 rec.
Maurice Cantrell, 6-0, 240, Sr.
Kai Maiava, 6-0, 270, So.

(Players Lost)
Hugh Charles, Byron Ellis, Samson Jagoras

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