Utah Utes Football Position Previews: Running Backs

The 2014 group of running backs is one of the most talented and deep that we have seen at Utah in years. With many backs to choose from, all with different styles and strengths, look for the Utes to not only utilize this group in the run game but in the passing game as well.

Bubba Poole 6’1 197lbs Junior:

As a sophomore in 2013, Poole led the team in rushing with 607 yards on 149 carries. He was also used in the passing game and ended up with 29 catches for 229 yards which was good for 5th on the team. Going into the 2014 season Poole is the projected starter at running back. Look for him to assume that role based on him having the most Pac 12 experience out of all running backs now that Lucky Radley has transferred. The fast and shifty Poole will not only be a threat running out of the backfield but will play a big part in the passing game as well.

Devontae Booker 5’11 209lbs Junior:

One word came to mind while watching Booker in the Spring: POWER. This season look for Booker to be the “yang” to Bubba Poole’s “yin” just like Kelvin York was last season. Booker is a fast, powerful back who can not only get you yards up the middle but once he breaks free, he’s usually good as gone. He was very impressive in the Spring constantly making big plays. He will definitely push Poole for that starting role in the backfield this fall but even if he isn’t able to supplant Poole as the starter, look for him to play a big role in the offense.

Troy McCormick 5’9 172lbs RS Freshman:

Fans have been clamoring to see McCormick in a regular season game. The dynamic speedster has been impressive the past two Springs consistently making big plays running and catching the ball. Look for him to be a big contributor not only on Offense but Special Teams as well. His play making ability is just too good for the Utes to not utilize any chance they get.

Other notables:

Marcus Sanders-Williams 5’11 222lbs Sophomore

Dre’Vian Young 5’9 174lbs RS Freshman

Tavaris Williams 5’10 180lbs Freshman

Andrew Fletcher 5’10 199lbs Junior

Out of those four look for Young to make some noise. He is the 2nd fastest running back on the Utes behind McCormick and could play a part on special teams. Sanders-Williams, although a linebacker now, could play a Myles Jack type role if needed.  Williams will probably red shirt and Fletcher played on the scout team last year, he could also play a part on special teams as well.


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