Spring Practice Preview -- Running Back
March 26, 2010
Corvallis, Ore. -
So, how good is this Jacquizz Rodgers guy anyway? Well, if he can accumulate his average in his remaining 25 regular season games (OSU plays 13 in 2011) he will be the second all-time leading rusher in Pac-10 Conference history. That’s pretty good.
The 2008 Pac-10 offensive MVP and two-time All-American is well on his way to more awards in 2010, including already being mentioned as one of the top candidates for the vaunted Heisman Trophy. “Quizz” enters the year with 2,693 yards and 34 career touchdowns, 32 of those rushing,
“He will get more reps than he did last year when he was returning from injury, but you probably won’t see him in much scrimmage action,” Riley predicted of Quizz’s participation this spring. “I don’t think he needs to prove to anybody that he is our every down back.”
What does need to be proved is who will be the guy(s) who gives Jacquizz breathers -- that’s the charge for this spring. Junior Ryan McCants is healthy after playing in just four games last season while recovering from a knee injury he suffered the previous spring in a scrimmage. Sophomore Jovan Stevenson showed glimpses of being an excellent back as a true-freshman last year, and unheralded sophomore Jordan Jenkins has been excellent on special teams and is talented enough to warrant playing action somewhere.
“There could be role players at running back after Quizz,” Beaver head coach Mike Riley explained. “There could be a third down back or a first-and-10 type guy. We’ll see how this unfolds, because we have three good candidates behind Quizz. Quizz is an every down back, he’s a good pass receiver, pass protector and of course a runner. We will be looking for the most reliable guy and that will determine who is the best fit for certain situations behind Quizz.”
Don’t forget about the fullback position, which hasn’t been utilized much since Andy Stewart’s block in the 2006 Sun Bowl. But, it quite likely will creep back into formations this season with experienced junior and former linebacker Andy Darkins.
It will be an interesting spring with arguably the deepest talent at running back this program has seen in years. The Beavers might have three capable starters in the backfield, and that’s a good problem to have.
The depth chart will likely evolve as spring practice continues and you are invited to attend the festivities that begin Mon., March 29. Practices are open to the public and fans are encouraged to attend.
Check back daily for more position previews and once practice starts for recaps and interviews on Beaver Nation Online, the official audio/video source for Beaver Athletics.
Spring Practice Schedule (weekday practices are 3-5 p.m.) – March 29, 31; April 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, May 1 (Spring Game).
Depth Chart (as of March 22)
1 ** Jacquizz Rodgers Jr. 5-7 188 Richmond, Texas
19 * Jovan Stevenson So. 5-11 183 Tucson, Ariz.
or 24 **Ryan McCants Jr. 6-1 228 Corona, Calif.
or 34 *Jordan Jenkins So. 6-1 211 Salem, Ore.
33 ** Will Darkins Jr. 6-1 230 Lake Oswego, Ore.
42 * Clayton York So. 6-0 223 Redmond, Ore.
36 Dylan Parsons Fr-RS 5-9 203 Olympia, Wash.