2015 Position Analysis & Recruiting Needs: RB

We look at Utah's 2015 running back group and needs for the 2015 recruiting class

Running Back
Poole (Sr)
Oliver (Sr)
Sanders-Williams (Jr)
Harvey Langi (R-So or Jr)
Young (So)
McCormick (So)
Williams (R-Fr or So)
Law (R-Fr or So)

Much like the quarterback situation, there's lots of depth, creating somewhat of a logjam. Fortunately, you want more than one running back handling the duties with a main guy and two serviceable backups to spell him, and Utah has plenty of options.

There's so much unknown at the running back spot for Utah that it's comical, almost. Unless someone else emerges, Bubba Poole probably stays at the top of the heap. He has the most experience and adds a threat as a ball catcher out of the backfield. Harvey Langi was a tentative runner as a freshman and disappointed, but might be revitalized after serving a mission. There's also the possibility of him moving to tight end, wide receiver, or even linebacker. Those are all speculative, but if he's buried on the depth chart, or his body is no longer running back material, a change could be made.

Jarrell Oliver hasn't been able to stay healthy throughout his career. If he can't hack it this spring, you'd have to wonder if a transfer or medical retirement is in his future. Oliver is a talented kid, but the mounting injuries have kept him from coming close to reaching his potential.

We still don't really know what the Utes have in McCormick and Young. Neither appears to have the body to be a a 20 carries per game feature back, although Young is working to get there. You'll see them both used in different ways in 2014. Sanders-Williams is also an unknown, but has very good size and could be a 20 to 25 carries guy with more reps and experience.

The 2015 running back crop out west is down, and that is being pretty generous. If Utah wants a top 50 guy, they'll need to go to Texas, or into the South. That makes it more difficult.

Utah Should Take: Wait and See Approach

Utah Will Take: 1

Because the Utes don't know what they have with so many o their assets, and with a large number of backs already on the current roster, Utah should see how guys like Oliver, Langi, Young, and Law look and develop through spring and fall before moving heavily on any backs.

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