2013 football position by position: running backs
As we’re just weeks away from the start of the football season, it’s time to take a detailed position-by-position look at the 2013 EMU football team. This is our time to refresh our memory about returning players, and learn a little about the new faces.
Lost: Dominique Sherrer, Reo Allen.
Reo Allen was a walk-on practice squad player the last two years.
Sherrer, on the other hand, was a work-horse running back who amassed more than 1700 yards in 32 games played, with a bit over half of those yards coming on carries, for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. However, he only recorded three touchdowns in his career. In 2011 in particular, he repeatedly came up just short of the goal line, frustrating fans to no end.
Presumptive starter: Bronson Hill, junior.
This one is as easy as picking the starting receivers was hard. In case you’ve forgotten, Bronson Hill was listed as EMU’s fourth-string running back for the Toledo game but wound up getting the start and carrying 28 times for 283 yards and four touchdowns, EMU’s best single-game running back performance in nearly a decade. By the end of the season, Hill led all EMU running backs905 yards on 140 carries — an average of 6.5 yards per carry — and six touchdowns.
Depth: Ryan Brumfield, junior; Darius Jackson, sophomore; Juwan Lewis, redshirt freshman; Qua Barnes, freshman; Kenyarda Bates, senior; Javonti Greene (WR/RB), senior; Tyler Allen (WR/RB), junior; Joe Fleming (FB), senior; Tomaz McNeil (DB/RB), freshman.
EMU is loaded in the backfield. With Hill as the presumptive starter and guys like Javonti Greene, Ryan Brumfield, Tyler Allen, and Joe Fleming backing him up, the odds of any of the freshmen seeing non-trivial snaps are awfully slim. With that said, it’s worth noting that each of the last three years has seen a surprising breakout performance by a running back — Javonti Greene in 2010, Dominique White in 2011, and Bronson Hill in 2012 — so don’t discount the guys who seem to be farther down the bench.