Season preview: Running back

In the next few weeks, we will preview each position for the upcoming Kansas State football season. First up are the running backs, or rather, one running back-- Darren Sproles. With the hype already building, Sproles appears poised to carry the Wildcats on his back this season.

This is an easy position to evaluate. After all, Kansas State is returning Darren Sproles to the backfield this season. It's a season that could prove to be one to remember since Sproles is atop the preseason Heisman Trophy watch list. But don't just take my word for—K-State too think Sproles is poised to make a run for the most-coveted award in college football with the launch of, a site dedicated to the pint-sized terror that features weekly updates, live video, and archived video of his best moments so far.

Sproles is coming off the best season in school history by a running back, the 11th best in NCAA Division I-A history with 1,986 yards. He now has 3,661 yards at K-State, also a school record. So what's ahead for this talented back that has everyone sitting on the edge of their lay-z-boys each and every game?

If you ask him, he just wants to get better and better. Can that happen? He was fifth in the Heisman voting a year ago, runner-up for the Doak Walker Award, and now sites just 1,628 yards behind former Texas running back Ricky Williams for the all-time Big 12 Conference record.

And not to be a pessimist, but Sproles run could perhaps be little tougher this season, considering Ell Roberson isn't running beside him, pitching the ball to him, and putting his own fear into defenses across the country. Not having Roberson anymore, make it much easier to key on Sproles, especially considering the Wildcats have to completely unproven quarterbacks going into the season in Dylan Meier and Allan Webb. Not that they can't get the job done in time, because both might, but Sproles is going to have to carry the Cats in the beginning and that becomes much harder when he's the only true threat coming out of the backfield.

And as far as backups for Sproles, that job is wide-open right now. Carlos Alsup looks like the obvious choice, but there is also Thomas Clayton, a transfer from Florida State. Don't forget about Donnie Anders, who provided the punch out for the backfield during the spring game when he ran 13 times for 109 yards.

Either way, it looks to be one exciting season for the Wildcat running backs.

Running backs: A+


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