We last looked at the receivers and now we’ll take a look at the running backs today. Rather than just take the rushing yards, I wanted to take a look at both the rushing yards and the receiving yards of each of the running backs. Basically total yards from scrimmage.
In terms of total production, here’s the tally.
Utah State 2017: 152.70
Utah State 2018: 207.51
Texas Tech 2019: 184.78
I’m in agreement with a lot of you in that I think getting 200 total yards, reciving and rushing, is the sweet spot for me. The most interesting thing for me is that the running backs really average about 1 to 2 receptions a game, with the 2019 offense really getting a lot of touches receiving the ball. The RB 1 for Texas Tech was SaRodorick Thompson and the third running back was Ta’Zhawn Henry, both good receivers in their own right and it does get them out in space. The difference is that Henry was really productive when this happened that will need to be something that Yost will try to replicate.
Freshman Tahj Brooks (5-9/212) most likely comes in and is the second running back behind Thompson. They are similar in size
Xavier White (5-11/185) is supposed to get a look at running back this fall as is incoming freshman Myles Price (5-8/161) from The Colony.
I really do hope that we sort of get to the levels of the 2018 Utah State team and I don’t think that’s out of the realm of possibility. I’m excited to see Thompson carry the load for the offense and think that with 15 to 17 carries, he’ll be really good, with combinations of Brooks, White, and Price filling in the gaps.