Countdown Of TCU Impact Players: No. 5 continues our countdown of top impact players and sharing the fifth spot are running backs B.J. Catalon and Aaron Green.

Position: RB
Class: Junior
Ht. 5-9 Wt. 190
2013 Stats: 107 rushes, 569 yards, 6 TD; 5.3 ypc

Position: RB
Class: Junior
Ht. 5-11 Wt. 200
2013 Stats: 72 rushes, 232 yards, 0 TD; 3.2 ypc

What make Catalon and Green Impact players?

Well, for an offense that only surpassed 200 yards on the ground just one time in 2013, it’s imperative that the Frogs’ improve on the running game. With Catalon and Green returning with a cast of three other backs in Kyle Hicks, Trevorris Johnson and Shaun Nixon, the Frogs’ should have no problem averaging better than an abysmal 118.6 yards per game in 2013.

With the hiring of Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie, the idea of TCU’s offense is to “air it out” forty to fifty times per game. However, Meacham has gone on record saying if an opposing defense drops defenders out of the box to cover the pass, the Frogs will utilize a rushing attack. What does that mean for Catalon and Green?

Cumbie says Catalon should receive 20 touches per game. Whether that’s running, catching or on special teams, the coaches obviously see the talent Catalon has. The junior running back led the Frogs on the ground last season with 569 yards and 6 touchdowns. He’s the first Frog back to lead the team in rushing in consecutive seasons since Joseph Turner accomplished the feat from 2007-2009. He also averaged a team leading 5.3 yards per carry. This could be a true breakout year for Catalon.

The good news if Catalon goes down is Green waiting for his opportunity. And let’s face it; TCU running backs haven’t remained healthy through an entire season for quite a while. Green, the former 5-star transfer from Nebraska, needs more carries; period. Green was the biggest reason the Frogs were able to top Iowa State on the road as he rushed for a career-high 72 yards on 19 carries.

Through three days of practice, all of the running backs have received reps. But for the Frogs’ to be successful this season, not only will they have to rely and hope on an improved offense, it relies on the legs of the running game.

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