Quite obviously size, speed, run skills and catching ability are important aspects when evaluating a potential professional back, but veteran coach Tom Moore felt if a college back could not block (run or pass) or run good pass routes, he would have a difficult time functioning in the pro game. Moore has long been considered one of the very best coaches in the game and in my opinion, when he makes a statement like this, you can take it to the bank!
Colgate' Jordan Scott and Nevada's Luke Lippincott are effective between the tackle runners who were particularly effective in the red zone. Their 2007 numbers were nothing short of exceptional and should get the attention of professional scouts from each of the 32 NFL clubs.
Maurice "the other" Wells of Ohio State was a top prep star running back out of Florida who has had the misfortune of playing behind some very impressive back in his career with the Buckeyes. He's not really flashy, but he does a lot of things to help you win football games.
Many people felt that Jamaal Edwards would become Florida State's next great back, but he flat out never developed as a player and was expected to transfer to a D II or NAIA program in this fall.
What can you say about D III running back Nate Kmic? He's is acutely undersized and doesn't have enough speed, but all he has done is make yards, scores touchdowns and more importantly help Mount Union win a bunch of football games!
Charlie Jones is a talented back who was injured in 2007 and will take his game to the U of Memphis this fall. He's got vision, run instincts and quickness, but he will need to stay healthy in put it all together as a senior if he is to be considered a true prospect.
Att - Yds - Avg - TD
|D||Davis||Tristan||Auburn U||No 2007 rushing stats|
|D||Hoskins||Justin||Central Michigan U||115-664-5.8-10|
|D||Sneed||Ontario||Central Michigan U||119-486-4.1-6|
|D||Edwards||Jamaal||Florida St (ex)||35-74-2.1-0|
|D||Mendenhall||Walter||Illinois State U||4-57-14.2-0|
|D||Holloman||Eugene||James Madison U||49-180-3.7-0|
|D||Jones||Charles||Memphis U||No 2007 production|
|D||Davis||Mike||So Carolina U||114-518-4.5-5|
|D||WIlliams||Benjamin||South Florida U||105-425-4-6-0|
|D||Tennial||Courtney||Tulsa U||No 2007 participation|