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This year's Tiger Team is loaded at the running back position like many before it. I have no real favorite for who I would like to see in the #1 spot but I am interested to hear the opinions of the "geaux247 nation" and why you would like to see one versus the other. I like the rotation and what each of them bring to the table but if you had to pick one to start, who would it be and why?????
This post was edited by BrandonR1 23 months ago
I see two groups of backs - Ware and Hilliard (similar) and Blue and Ford.
I think Ware will start because he's the most complete back - in terms of toughness in short yardage, good hands for screen passes, and dedicated to picking up the blitz.
I also think you could make an argument that Ware is the least gifted pure runner of the top 4.
Ford has been a liability (so far) in pass protection, and with a pocket QB now, I'm curious to see what his role is. He's also shown, at times, reluctance to just move the pile when there's no hole. High ceiling and low floor. He could be our #1 back this year or near the bottom.
Blue brings speed and size, good eye for the hole. I have a feeling he might get more carries this year.
I would like to see Hilliard be the main back, because he has the power and determination that Ware does, and I think he's a more gifted runner. If he can pick up the blocking schemes I can see him being the workhorse early in games, and in short yardage situatios. then either Ford or Blue being the change of pace guy to get more speed on the field.
But I think Ware ends up being the starter early in the season.
I'd like to see all 3 of the junior RB's have great performances in hopes that 2 of them will leave early for the draft. I personally would like to see Ware back in the same form as he was in the Cotton Bowl vs TAMU. When he was fully healthy in that game, he had power, burst, and natural receiving ability. He needs to trim the gut though.
"That was Death Valley. It's where opponent's dreams come to die." - Miles
"It's my hometown, and that's big for me," Henry said. "It's about playing for the home team in front of family
Ford, because I know what he can do when he's given 20-plus carries. At least, I know what he did in high school when he had more carries.
Nowhere in my contract does it say I gotta make a fool out of myself, am I right?
Ware. He da man!!
We've seen him set the tone: nasty.
Thanks Guys!! Awesome discussion with great rationale... Texasfence, I like the way your thinking!!! That would be one heck of a backfield rotation to game plan for, and then to be able to stop it would be a another thing..... I'm with you guys, to quote one of the best football movies of all time (maybe exaggerating somewhat), "put everyone of those running backs in during the course of the game and let the paramedics sort the defenders out!" Go Tigers, Smash'em in the dad-gum mouth!!!!!!
I think I would like to see Alfred Blue as the starter. He has the best hands out of the backfield and actually is very big though he doesn't look it. He has also gotten a lot bigger from last year and is the fastest of all the backs.
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Quote of the year:
"put everyone of those running backs in during the course of the game and let the paramedics sort the defenders out!"
Ware may be the most complete, including picking up the blitz.
I don't hate often, but when I do, I prefer Alabama, USC or Notre Dame.
Glad you liked that Texasfence....
Reminded me of a quote from one of our Generals:
"Kill them all and let God sort it out."
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