USF Spring Peek: Running Backs

The University of South Florida football team will resume spring football next week, and we'll get another glimpse of the 2009 Bulls. Lets take a closer look at the team's running back situation this spring. Only on

Running Backs:  


Returning Players:

Moise Plancher (5'9/200)(Sr.)
Mike Ford (6'2/225)(Jr.)

Jamar Taylor (5'10/205)(Jr.)
Demetris Murray (5'11-195)(R-Fr)


Richard Kelly (6'0/249)((Jr.)  


Key Losses: Benjamin Williams, Shawn Cannon



What They Did in 2008:


Moise Plancher - Played in 11 games, started 3, 69 for 322 yards, (4.7 avg.) 6 TDs, 4 rec for 22 yards
Mike Ford - Played in 11 games, started 2, 62 for 300 yards, (4.8 avg.) 5 TDs, 2 rec for 21 yards
Jamar Taylor - Played in 11 games, started 1, 102 for 417 yards, (4.0 avg.) 3 TDs, 1 rec for -1 yards
Demetris Murray - Redshirted and did not play.

Richard Kelly - Played in 13 games, started 1, 23 for 115 yards, (5.0 avg.) 1 TDs, 3 rec for 15 yards, 1 TD

As Recruits:

Moise Plancher – 2-star, not rated by scout
Mike Ford - 4-star, No. 18 RB nationally

Jamar Taylor - 3-star, No. 65 RB nationally
Demetris Murray - 3-star, No. 67 RB nationally

Richard Kelly - 3-star, No. 15 FB nationally



Outlook: This is the Bulls first spring with Canales as offensive coordinator, and how he incorporates the running backs is yet to be fully seen, but the excitment in the players is easily noticed. We won't get to see Jamar Taylor as he recovers from shoulder surgery which means more snaps for the 4 backs on the roster. Ford didn't live up to his freshman campaign as he battled ankle injuries all season, but still led all backs in rushing. He came into the spring in great shape, down 20 pounds from the end of last season, and looks to return to his old form. Saying he's stronger and more powerful. Plancher was the feel good story last season after returning from several injuries to lead all backs with 6 TDs, and looks like he's picked up where he left off.  Kelly is the big bruising back of the unit who got fewer touches, but still led the unit with a 5.0 rushing average and scored the only receiving TD from a back. Murray redshirted last season and came into his first spring leaner dropping 17 pounds from when he first arrived. Ford, Plancher, and Kelly have the most experience and each have something to prove, while this will be our first good look at Murray. The RB unit is smaller, with Samuels and Miller switching positions, but the Bulls have 4 quality backs this spring with each getting extra reps to show what they can do.

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