Player Profile: Prescott Line

Billy profiles Prescott Line, who will have to fight to keep his starting spot in the SMU backfield this year.

Prescott Line Player Profile

Position: Running Back

Size: 6-0, 215 pounds

Year: Redshirt Sophomore (Lettered RS-Frosh year)

High School: Oxford High School (Mich.)

Hometown: Oxford, Michigan

Recruitment: Line was named a PARADE All-American and Mr. Football in Michigan that earned him a three-star rating coming out of high school. Averaged over 200 yards rushing per game, setting a school and league record with 2,454 yards. Line totaled 37 touchdowns in 2011 as a senior, helping him be ranked the 30th best player in Michigan. Choose SMU after receiving interest from Central Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri and Toledo.

2013 Recap: Line’s 2013 season was one that saw the redshirt freshman underutilized even with Garrett Gilbert’s success through the air. If Line would’ve been asked to do more and provide more of a ground game, the SMU offense may have been able to find a little more balance. Line also saw his carries come inconsistently. In Spetember and November, Line carried the ball a combined 67 times, but in October and December, he carried the ball just 17 times.

Line was a little inconsistent himself as drives wore on. From SMU’s 20 to opponents’ 40-yard line, Line averaged 4.6 yards per carry on 46 touches, but once SMU got into scoring territory, his averaged dropped down to 2.54 yards per carry. Whether that’s playcalling, on the offensive line or the defense, Line needed to be more productive as the field shrunk last season.

Grade: C

Outlook in 2014: There’s more talent along the offensive line this season and plenty of competition for each spot, which should help Line and the rest of the backs get more opportunities to break runs open. Line is facing some stiff competition in the backfield and will undoubtedly be pushed by the likes of Kevin Pope, Daniel Gresham and K.C. Nlemchi.

Line is a solid pass protector in the backfield and understands SMU’s schemes. That will help Line in the battle for the starting job and may be enough to get him the nod at Baylor to start the season. June Jones hasn’t really rotated backs all too often, but with more talent in the backfield Line will need to step up or Jones will have to find a rotation that works for a crowded backfield.

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