Off And Running

Dustin Garrison and Dreamius Smith are two of almost a half dozen running backs who could get touches against Alabama. Here, the pair dissect the match-up and detail the mental and physical strain of an ongoing - and fierce - competition for playing time.

Dustin Garrison has had an up and down career at West Virginia. Garrison's 291 rushing yards against Bowling Green in 2011 tied Kerry Marbury for the second-best single game performance in school history. The rushing total was the single-game best for a WVU freshman. Now, three years later he is in an everyday struggle for touches against a deep, talented running backs group. Although there still has not been a starter announced, Garrison says he is ready for the moment his number is called.

Now in his senior year, and second season with West Virginia, Dreamius Smith knows it can be his turn to emerge. Smith was the second back behind Charles Simms last year, and understands leadership and the focus it takes to execute when given the opportunity. Smith, below, discussed the challenges that await with Alabama, and how the team plans to divvy snaps between all of the running backs.

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