TicketCity Bowl Breakdown: Running Backs

RaiderPower.com and PurpleWildcats.com will break down the teams position-by-position leading up to Saturday's kickoff in Dallas. Here is the breakdown of the running backs for Texas Tech. You decide who has the edge.

Texas Tech

It's been one of the biggest positions by committee this season for the Red Raiders.

With four or five different players behind the quarterback this season, Texas Tech has had a chance to put several different types of running backs on the field. But it's clear that there is still one main featured back for at least one more game in what has been an interesting career.

Baron Batch came into the 2010 season as a senior leaders with aspirations of perhaps eclipsing the 1,000-yard rushing mark — something no Tech running has done in 11 years. But unless the senior somehow gathers 200 rushing yards on Saturday, that number will not be met. However, Batch once again showed his versatility as a runner and receiver, stacking up 1,025 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns for the Red Raiders while playing in all 12 games. In the last two seasons, Batch has put up 1,689 rushing yards and 615 receiving yards while scoring 23 touchdowns.

And his younger counterpart and secondary back, sophomore Eric Stephens, can be just as lethal on offense or on special teams.

Stephens finished with 542 rushing yards and 193 receiving yards with seven touchdowns. He is best out in the flat on screen passes and has unbelievable speed he can turn on once he gets into the open field — something that helped make him such a huge threat on special teams the last two seasons while breaking numerous kick return records at Tech.

The speediest back though may be true freshman Ben McRoy, who started to come into his own near the end of the season and will be a fun player to watch for the next three years. He had 15 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns in Tech's last two games of the season.


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