Joe Williams leads the group of backs trying to lock down the running back job in spring

Utah tried to replace Devontae Booker with a stable of talented backs

Utah heads into the spring with the monumental task of replacing Devontae Booker, arguably the greatest running back the program has ever seen. Booker was the face of the program and an all american player that was THE offense for Utah in both 2014 and 2015. They've got a trio of backs that they'll lean on heading into spring, hoping to find someone that can come close to replicating what Bookmode was able to do.

The Favorite: Joe Williams (Sr)

We got more than a cup of coffee with Joe Williams as he took over for Devontae Booker late last year after Booker's injury and he didn't disappoint. In his starting debut, the speedy back was a ball of fury up the middle in eating up the UCLA front 7 and going over 120 yards. He did the same thing the following week against Colorado, this time going for 187 yards on an astounding 34 carries. 91 yards in the bowl game against BYU and it should add up to a lot of optimism for the Utah coaches with Williams heading into the spring. If he can only figure out how to turn it upfield once he gets to the edge.

The Wildcard: Troy McCormick (Jr)

Coming off of an ACL tear back in the spring of 2015 that cost him the entire season, Troy McCormick is back, but will he be the same player? After a nice close to the 2014, Williams looked like someone that would be a nice complement to Devontae Booker. We're still banking on McCormick being an impact player based mostly on potential and limited reps. He's only had 30 carries in his career for 178 yards, but some of those were very impressive runs up the middle where the tiny back was grinding out yards. With his ability to catch the ball out the backfield, expect Utah to use him in a variety of ways.

The Surprise? Marcel Brooks-Brown (R-Fr)

Kyle Whittingham raved about the redshirt freshman to be more than any other player during a recent interview, saying he completely transformed his body and would surprise people. Brooks-Brown sat out last season due to the depth in front of him, but the kid was also the victim of a shooting shortly after the start of the regular season. He's a power back, but apparently the speed is going to be there soon. The next Booker?

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