Cameron Brock writes about how the Red Raiders' running game finally got going against the…
Why fans should be excited for 2013: RBs
A lot of talk and attention has been around the quarterback battle, to which the answer will not be revealed to everyone until Friday when Tech plays SMU in Dallas. But there is another position to be excited about – the running backs. Kenny Williams, Deandre Washington, Quinton White and Tyler Middleton are topping off the list of seven listed running backs on the Tech roster. Sadale Foster has been asked to work in as a wide receiver and a running back as well but even with him taking time lining up as a receiver, the Red Raiders will be fine in the backfield. Williams is expected to get most of the carries in the upcoming season after he had a breakout year in 2012, rushing for 824 yards and seven touchdowns. Of course, the most memorable run was when he rolled over the top of a defender on his back and kept trucking into the endzone against Texas Tech. Look for Williams to rush up to the number he hit last season and possibly past it. Could he be a 1,000-yard running back? Time, the strength of the offensive line and the quarterback play will all factor into if Williams reaches that goal. Looking past Williams, you then get Washington. The redshirt sophomore is looking to get his first live-game action under his belt since November 19, 2011 when he left the game against Missouri with a right knee injury, which would sideline him for the remainder of the 2011 season and entirety of the 2012 campaign. So this season could be coined as a redemption season for the Missouri City, Texas native. Washington racked up 366 yards rushing, 109 yards receiving and 131 kickoff return yards in 12 games in 2011. With Williams and Washington there is experience with the Red Raiders and in the Big 12 Conference, then you get down to Middleton and White – running backs without any Division I level experience, but talent. Middleton comes to Tech from Navarro College where in his sophomore season rushed for 898 yards with 11 rushing touchdowns. The Midland, Texas native average a school-record 12.6 yards per rush. The junior also caught 18 passes for 215 yards and five receiving touchdowns for Navarro College. Middleton is wearing Eric Stephens old number, 24, this season for the Red Raiders and could definitely make an impact the next two seasons for Tech giving Kliff Kingsbury another option in the backfield. Finally, Quinton White a freshman from College Station could be another impact running back. In the spring game White scrambled for 62 yards on 14 carries, opening some eyes to what he could do here at Tech. Not a surprise as in high school at A&M Consolidated, White rushed for 835 yards during his senior season and 1,201 yards and 15 touchdowns in his junior season. If he can put together numbers like that at Tech in the future, he will definitely be a go-to running back down the road. So with Williams, Washington, Middleton and White in the backfield and Foster also as an option, the Red Raiders will be very strong in the running game in 2013. As long as the offensive line opens up enough lanes for them to burst through and once they get through the line, it will be all up to them to light up the secondary, which will be really fun to watch. If this does happen, the air raid term might need to be altered a little to possibly the running raiders this season, as there is a lot of depth at the position lining up behind the quarterback whoever that might be in 2013.
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