Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Clemson deep at RB too

Although not as experienced. They lose Roderick McDowell who had over a thousand yards last season (nearly 200 of which came against Georgia) in 189 attempts. They also lose quarterback Tajh Boyd who had 154 attempts himself. So it's expected that there would be some focus on who might absorb some of that load.
As a freshman, Howard averaged 5.6 yards per carry on 41 carries. As a sophomore, injuries held him back. Last season, he was banged up at times, but showed some growth in the passing game recording 123 receiving yards. Howard's brightest moment last season came against Wake Forest when he took a pass out of the backfield past three defenders for a 75 yard TD
He now enters the senior season of what has been a relatively quiet career but has a chance to end it with a bang, just like Roderick McDowell did last season. Howard is speedy and able to catch out of the backfield. He was a big-time recruit in 2010 and still has that home run ability, but in the past two years he's waited his turn behind Ellington and McDowell.
Finally healthy and the senior leader of the running back corps, Howard will have an opportunity to make some major contributions. I look for him to make sharper cuts, find holes, and be a major part of the run game, but only if he can make blocks and stay healthy. He has been listed as the starter on the most recent depth chart released by the staff.
Indeed. From the article and the depth chart it appears the load will fall mostly based on seniority. But Georgia's not the only program that has been recruiting the running back position well. With younger, talented backs like Gallman and Choice waiting in the wings, Georgia's defense is again going to have its hands full in the opener against the Tigers. Regardless of which one is in the backfield.