July 5, 2007

Stacking up the Competition: RB's


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Heading into the 2007 season, Kent Sports Report will compare
Kent State's talent at each position to that of every opponent on the
schedule. Last week we looked at the quarterback position. Now it's
time to compare Eugene Jarvis to the ball carriers on the Golden
Flashes' schedule in 2007.


Of Kent State's 12 opponents, nine teams return a running
back with at least 100 carries in 2006. Miami senior Brandon Murphy
was limited by an injury last season, but he was second-team all-Mid-American
Conference in 2005 after rushing for over 1,000 yards.


Listed below are each opponents probably starters for the
2007 season and where Jarvis fits into the pack:
















No. 1: Kalvin
McRae, Ohio


McRae finished last season ranked 31st in the country
in total rushing yards. He carried the ball 258 times for 1,252 yards,
tops among all backs on Kent State's schedule, and scored 15
touchdowns. He added 29 receptions for 280 yards making him one of
the most complete backs in the country. His 1,532 total yards from
scrimmage rank him among the nation's Top 100 players in total
offense.














TOP
5 RUSHING YARDS







1

Kalvin
McRae

OU

1252

2

Dennis
Kennedy

AKR

914

3

Eugene
Jarvis

KSU

798

4

Chris
Bullock

BGSU

769

5

Ontario
Sneed

CMU

764


TOP
5 RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS









1

Kalvin
McRae

OU

15

2

Dennis
Kennedy

AKR

9

3

Chris
Wells

OSU

7

4

James
Stark

BUF

6

5

Chris
Bullock

BGSU

4

5

Ontario
Sneed

CMU

4


TOP
5 YARDS PER ATTEMPT







1

Montell
Clanton

NIU

8.50

2

Lennox
Norville

DSU

6.22

3

Ontario
Sneed

CMU

5.66

4

Chris
Wells

OSU

5.54

5

Kalvin
McRae

OU

4.85


TOP
5 RECEPTIONS








1

Ontario
Sneed

CMU

52

2

Dennis
Kennedy

AKR

39

3

James
Starks

BUF

34

4

Tim
Brown

TEM

33

5

Rafael
Little

KEN

31



TOP
5 RECEIVING YARDS








1

Ontario
Sneed

CMU

415

2

Rafael
Little

KEN

392

3

Kalvin
McRae

OU

280

4

James
Starks

BUF

226

5

Tim
Brown

TEM

218



TOP
5 TOTAL YARDS








1

Kalvin
McRae

OU

1532

2

Ontario
Sneed

CMU

1179

3

Dennis
Kennedy

AKR

1107

4

Rafael
Little

KEN

1065

5

Tim
Brown

TEM

949



No. 2: Ontario Sneed, Central Michigan


A big part of Central Michigan's MAC title run,
Sneed accumulated 1,179 yards from scrimmage. He averaged an impressive
5.66 yards per carry and caught 52 passes for 415 yards. His 11 total
touchdowns were the second most among backs on KSU 's 2007 schedule.

No. 3: Chris Wells,
Ohio State


Wells,
a high school all-American, split carries with NFL draft pick Antonio
Pittman
but still averaged 5.54 yards per carry and scored
seven times in just 104 carries. A big, bruising ball carrier, Wells
caught just two passes but should be featured more on third downs in
2007 giving him the opportunity to add more catches. With his workload
expected to increase twofold this season, Wells should easily surpass
1,000 yards.

No. 4: Rafael Little, Kentucky


While Kentucky quarterback Andre' Woodson gathers
all the headlines, Little quietly produced a 1,000 yards season in
2006. He carried the ball 140 times for 673 yards and caught 31 passes
for 392 yards. He scored five touchdowns-three on the ground
and two through the air.

No. 5: Brandon Murphy,
Miami


Murphy missed four games in 2006 and spent the rest
of the season hobbled by an ankle injury. The 2005 second-team all-MAC
performer carried just 81 times for 280 yards and averaged just 3.46
yards per carry. A complete off season should give Murphy the chance
to return to form as an all-conference performer.


No. 6: Dennis Kennedy, Akron


Kennedy's total offensive production of 1,107
yards ranked third among all backs on KSU's 2007 schedule.
He rushed 226 times for 914 yards (4.04/carry) and scored and impressive
nine touchdowns. He also hauled in 39 passes for 193 yards for the
Zips.


No. 7: EUGENE JARVIS, KENT STATE


The
diminutive back bobbed and weaved his way to 798 rushing yards and
three scores. He added 16 receptions for 126 yards.


Jarvis' numbers were limited by the production
of quarterback Julian Edelman, who rushed for 658
yards.


Now the featured back, and physcially stronger than
last season, Jarvis should see more carries and more opportunities
to increase his numbers.


No. 8: James Starks, Buffalo


Starks fell just short of reaching the 1,000-yard
marker in offensive production. He rushed for 704 yards and added
226 through the air for a total offensive output of 930 yards. He
scored six touchdowns.


No. 9: Chris Bullock, Bowling Green


Bullock turned in a solid season for the Falcons
in 2006. He rushed 160 times for 769 yards and scored four touchdowns.
He added 14 receptions for 119 yards.


No. 10: Tim Brown, Temple


Brown was one of the bright spots for the Owls in
last season's disappointing 1-11 finish. He carried 182 times
for 731 yards and added 33 receptions for 218 yards. He scored just
two touchdowns on the season, both on the ground.


No. 11: Lennox Norville, Delaware
State


Norville's playing time was minimal last season
but he did rush 46 times for 286 yards with an impressive 6.22 yards
per carry average. He scored just two rushing touchdowns and added
two receptions for eight yards.


No. 12: Montell Clanton, Northern
Illinois


With NCAA rushing leader Garrett Wolfe ahead
of him on the depth chart, Clanton's opportunities to carry
the ball were almost non-existent. When he did get his chance, though,
he made the most of it. Clanton could easily shoot up this chart
if he continues to produce now that he's slotted as the No.
1 guy coming out of spring. Last fall he carried just 12 times but
averaged 8.5 yards a carry; tops among all backs on KSU's 2007
schedule. His 102 rushing yards accounted for just one score, but
NIU's success with running backs looks like it will continue
with Clanton.


No. 13: Jason Scales, Iowa State


Scales carried 54 times for 176 yards last fall.
His 3.26 yards per carry average ranked dead last among all backs
KSU will face in 2007. He did score two touchdowns, but his four
receptions for 26 yards doesn't make him much of a threat out
of the backfield.











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