Fall Camp Position Battle: Backup RB

John White is the incumbent, but there are four players looking to back him up

Like the quarterback spot, the starter is set with John White the main man. The backup spot is still there for the taking with four players competing for the spot. Harvey Langi's departure for a mission opened up a spot and JC transfer James Poole took it. Now, the Utes have four players that are largely unproven competing for carries behind John White.


Kelvin York
York is the JC transfer that participated in spring ball despite coming off of a knee injury. He was limited at times, but when at or near full strength, was a bull-dozer of a back, powering his way up the middle and breaking off multiple long runs. If York can stay healthy, his size would be a nice compliment to White.

Jarrell Oliver
Oliver is a redshirt freshman who also impressed during the spring. The Texas native has bulked up and could be the Utes most powerful back at this point with a tremendous ability to run between the tackles and generate yards after contact. May have to wait another year or so to get significant time and work on his blocking, but if given the opportunity, will produce yards.

Lucky Radley
Lucky Radley is stuck behind bigger, stronger, more talented running backs. He's tremendous in space, and will be used in the slot in an attempt to utilize his above average hands, but the touches just haven't been there for Lucky to make an impact. The sophomore continues to show flashes in practice, and broke off quite a few long runs in the spring, but will be hard pressed to get many carries.

James Poole
Poole is the wildcard in all of this. The recent JC commit still needs to make sure that he qualifies academically, but was brought in once it was decided that Harvey Langi would be heading out on a mission. Poole has good size and speed, but is a relative unknown at the moment. The likely scenario for Poole is a redshirt season while adding back end depth to the rotation before getting more of an opportunity in 2013.

Projected Winner: Kelvin York

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