Spring Recap: RB

With Tyrone Moss still recovering from an ACL injury, a trio of tailbacks took the stage in the spring and all of them had their moments.


RB #30 Tyrone Moss / Senior / 5-9, 230
RB #34 Charlie Jones / Junior / 5-10, 215
RB #21 Derron Thomas / Sophomore / 5-9, 200
RB #32 Andrew Johnson / Junior / 5-11, 220
RB #37 George Timmons / Sophomore / 6-0, 210
FB #41 Jerrell Mabry / Freshman / 6-1, 275

*measurements as told to CanesTime staff in the spring

2005 STATS

Moss: 701 yards, 12 TD, 5.1 avg
Jones: 507 yards, 5 TD, 4.1 avg
Thomas: 150 yards, 0 TD, 3.2 avg
Johnson: 97 yads, 0 TD, 6.9 avg
Timmons: 0 yards
Mabry: redshirt


Charlie Jones entered the spring as the number one tailback as Tyrone Moss was still recovering from an ACL injury he suffered in November.

It was the second straight spring Jones entered the spring as the top tailback because Moss was injured.

This time he held onto the top spot.

Jones showed a quicker burst in the spring game than he showed last fall and despite a fumble, he had a pretty good day finishing with 38 yards on nine carries (4.2 average) and had the third longest play of the day with a 10-yard run.

If Moss is unable to start the season opener against Florida State in September, just 10 months after his injury, Charlie Jones is the favorite to start.

Derron Thomas showed fans his big-play potential when he scored a 30-yard touchdown in a mid-spring scrimmage and a 30-yard run in the spring game. Both plays were the biggest plays of the day.

Thomas battled through an illness at the beginning of the spring to finish strong. Last year he passed Jones on the depth chart by the end of the spring, but this year he has been trying to fight off Andrew Johnson for the number three tailback spot.

Johnson was constantly mentioned by head coach Larry Coker throughout the spring for running the ball well. Coker praising Johnson has been an ongoing theme in Coral Gables since he joined the team in 2004.

Now a junior, Johnson's career is almost over when it seems like it hasn't even begun. He has rushed for 138 yards on 30 carries--a 4.6 yards per carry average--with one touchdown in his career.

George Timmons has played in one game in his first two years at UM and he suffered a broken leg in the game, which he is still recovering from. Timmons did not participate in spring practices, but did note that he prefers running back to cornerback--the position he played when he first arrived to UM in 2004.

Fullback Jerrell Mabry redshirted last year and weighed in at 290 pounds before spring practices. Standing 6-foot-1 and now down to 275, he wants to get to 255 for the 2006 season.

Mabry is the lone fullback on the roster after James Bryant moved back to linebacker. With Rich Olson in as the team's new offensive coordinator it was uncertain how much the fullback position was going to be featured.

Although the team didn't show many different formations in the spring game, they didn't use the fullback as often as they had in the past.

Mabry's strength is blocking appears to be featured primarily in that role in 2006.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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