Can Williams be a 600-yard back in 2015?

Darrel Williams was impressive during his freshman season. With attrition around him, and Leonard Fournette remaining, TSD considers how high Williams can climb this fall.

LSU under Frank Wilson spreads the wealth. It's no secret going into Wilson's sixth season as running backs coach in Baton Rouge.

The formula more often than not requires four capable backs, many able to play tailback and fullback to provide for even more playing time opportunities within the platoon.

Check out the rundown from each of the past two campaigns on Tiger rushers.

2013: Jeremy Hill - 1,401 yards; Terrence Magee - 626 yards; Alfred Blue - 343 yards; and Kenny Hilliard - 310 yards.

2014: Leonard Fournette - 1,034 yards; Terrence Magee - 571 yards; Kenny Hilliard - 447 yards; and Darrel Williams - 307 yards.

And so, going into the 2015 season, the operative question is: How much can Williams up his production as a sophomore after a somewhat surprising freshman debut as the team's fourth back?

To begin Williams, a John Ehret product, ought to have more touches and is in a position to solidify himself as the second back after Fournette.

The backfield stable landscape has mainstays Hilliard and Magee exiting, both on with NFL teams now, while two coveted freshmen enter the turnstile in the persons of Derrius Guice and Nicholas Brossette.

In Wilson's system, as has been established, they'll all get burn. That's hardly even a debate for most.

But it will be fascinating to see how much Guice, a very confident player with SEC-ready skills, can chip into Williams' carries and ultimately status as second in command behind Fournette.

After what Williams did in year one - logging three rushing touchdowns, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and catching six passes (only one less that Fournette, who played a lot more) - there's suddenly an interesting competition that's been set up for Fall Camp between he and Guice.

No matter who emerges, and my money's probably on Williams for this season given his experience and strength, production is a must from LSU rushers beyond Fournette.

Even if Fournette becomes more of a bell cow, similar to Hill in 2013, the Tigers will lean on at least one other back to approach 600 yards. Magee averaged 598.5 yards a season in 2013 and 2014 as the No. 2 back.

If Williams or Guice can hit 600, and at least three of the four backs remain healthy for the bulk of the season, LSU's quarterbacks will be in a much better position to succeed.

There's a lot riding on Wilson identifying that second back and that back consistently tearing off around five yards a carry.

If Williams can take another step forward, building on a freshman season that had an overachieving feel, he can be that player and provide relief for Anthony Jennings, Brandon Harris and every supporter in purple and gold.

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