August 22, 2007

Tailback Notebook: Versus

This week's practice schedule at Howard Jones Field mimicked a typical in-season practice, prepping for Wednesday night's scrimmage at the Coliseum.

In shells Monday afternoon, six backs saw playing time. But for what is becoming the norm, some players were left to watch most of the practice.

Rushing: Johnson and Johnson... and more Johnson

Stafon Johnson received the most carries with 11, including six in a row to end practice when the team was mimicking the 2:00 minute drill. Chauncey Washington touched the ball seven times. Allen Bradford, Broderick Green and Desmond Reed all had four rushing attempts each. C.J. Gable had two carries, representing the second string back in the first two drills, and then he did not see the field again.

Gable's lack of playing time is a result of a sore groin, but the fact that he is still represented the No. 2 back should speak volumes. Just as John David Booty was resigned to watch most of practice from the sidelines, so too was Gable. He has enough stock built in the program to still warrant plenty of playing time when the season starts and he's healthy, but it must be killing the sophomore to not be able to make a serious run at the starting job.

Reed is so savvy in the backfield; he sells the draw better than anyone on the team and once he gets the ball in his hands he's a gnat darting through the line.

All the backs looked effective and each had their own personal highlights.

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