Seider Talks Talented RB Group

West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider doesn't believe in having players step in to try to fill a role that was left by someone who graduated. He'd rather see them try to fill the spot by creating their own role for themselves, something that fits their style well.

That's what he wants to see from his stable of backs as West Virginia prepares to open up spring practice next week as the Mountaineers look for a running back to replace Charles Sims in the starting backfield.

In 2013, Sims became WVU's first 1,000-yard rusher since Noel Devine when he ran for 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns on 208 carries while also tying for the team lead with 45 receptions. But Seider will have plenty of options to look at when it comes to who will be carrying the load in 2014.

Back are the other two backs who received significant playing time a year ago, senior Dreamius Smith and Wendell Smallwood, and junior Dustin Garrison - who received a medical redshirt a year ago. Pitt transfer Rushel Shell is also eligible to play this season after sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules, while Andrew Buie is looking to find his place back in the rotation after leaving school last fall before re-enrolling for the spring semester.

Ever since he got to West Virginia, Seider said he wanted his running backs room to feel like it would when these players get to the NFL, and with the competition the group will face for playing time this season, it looks like that could be truer than ever in 2014.

It's a talented position on a team that is hungry to turn things around after a disappointing campaign a year ago.

The Mountaineers will have three running backs (Buie, Garrison and Shell) have run for more than 600 yards in a season and Smith ran for 494 a season ago.

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