Here is a look at my top five running backs at Friday Night Lights.
Mike Bellamy – 5-11/178 - Punta Gorda, Fla. – Charlotte - 2011
FNL Report: Bellamy could have been the top overall performer there if he would have wanted to be. He was in and out of the line and did not take as many reps during the one on ones as other top performers, but when he was in there, he was the top athlete on the field. He made it all look so easy. He has such a burst, he made quick cuts, he showed outstanding balance, and ran past defenders during the one on ones. He put on a show.
Mike Blakely – 5-9/195 – Bradenton, Fla. – Manatee - 2011
FNL Report: Blakely showed a little more speed than he did last season at this event. He really ran past the defenders during the one on ones and he was quick throughout the drills as well. That was not one thing he did better than anyone else, but he was solid throughout.
Adam Lane – 5-9/205 – Winter Haven, Fla. – Winter Haven - 2013
FNL Report: Lane is built like a senior fullback, but he surprises you when he shows his mobility, his ability to change directions, and his overall speed. He was clocked at under 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash at UF and he is over 200 pounds and only a sophomore. He is even better in pads than he is at a camp setting, but he was pretty impressive Friday night.
Hunter Joyer – 5-11/248 – Tampa, Fla. – Tampa Catholic - 2011
FNL Report: Joyer is the only fullback on this list and he is on here because he was one of the better overall performers in his group. Joyer is a very strong back that will be clearing many holes for Florida running backs in the future, but he showed soft hands, the ability to adjust to the ball, and good quickness Friday.
Matt Jones – 6-3/215 – Seffner, Fla. – Armwood - 2012
FNL Report: Jones was Jones at this event and he still has room to improve in the speed department, but he is such an athlete that he impresses without that explosion or elite top end speed. He still looks like a linebacker, but he plays more like a running back. He showed good agility through the drills, but needs to improve his hands out of the backfield.
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