Spring Position Battles- Running Back

Utah has an unquestioned leader as the feature back in Brian Johnson's offense

Running Back
Candidates: John White IV, Harvey Langi, Lucky Radley, Kelvin York, Jarell Oliver
Favorite:John White IV
Dark Horse: Kelvin York
Winner: John White IV

White was a 1,500 yard back last season and there's no one on the roster that is going to come close to competing with him in the spring. He was a better gameday back than a practice back, often grinding out yards and wearing out defense, surprising a lot of people despite his small stature. The Wolfman is your starter and there are no questions.

Langi will get a long look as the backup, but struggled throughout his freshman year to make much noise, running with hesitancy, and a lack of power. He'll need to be more consistent and more confident if he wants to retain his backup role. Radley enters his fourth year in the program and continues to be a practice warrior, but is still looking for his first game carry. He's slight and isn't much of a blocker, but could grab a few carries and be a nice change of pace speedster who spells White at times. The wild card in all of this is Kelvin York. The incoming JC transfer is coming off of surgery and may be ready for spring ball, but logic indicates that anything he does will be in a no contact red jersey. If he can go, York brings plenty of speed and power to the table. Oliver is a redshirt freshman who has plenty of speed to go with a lot of developing power.

Candidates: Karl Williams, Max Moala
Favorite: Karl Williams
Dark Horse: None
Winner: Karl Williams

With the change in the offense, Utah's fullback is going to be used differently than it was last year, and the more traditional fullback in terms of size and skillset should be the norm. That means Luke Matthews won't be back there anymore, and the tight ends that were lining up as hybrid fullbacks will go back to their traditional tight ends roots. What does that leave us with? Karl Williams. Williams was moderately effective at times spelling the battering ram that was Sean Asiata last season. The role of the fullback is going to be minimized, but Williams is likely the guy over Max Moala and another player that will surely emerge or be moved over there at some point during spring camp.

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