News broke yesterday that RB Malcolm Agnew experienced hamstring tightness during drills and was forced to sit for much of the action. Even after over 4 months off, his hammy just won’t cooperate to the level we had hoped. Luckily, we have some other pretty good backs that can make significant contributions in the Fall. These include Jovan Stevenson, Terron Ward, Storm Woods and Chris “Downtown” Brown.
In practice, word seems to be that Storm Woods right now is perhaps shining the brightest. I have always been a fan of the way Jovan Stevenson finds ways to get yards and be a player who can be effective in multiple creative ways. I think this is a year Riley needs to go beyond just one featured runner and go with a more USC style of 2 backs getting plenty of touches. Word about Chris Brown has been that he is expected to play this year and should be an immediate effective runner. So my hunch is Woods and Brown get the most touches followed closely by Stevenson and then Ward. Ward is capable and got better towards the end of last year but I think he may be more of a 3rd down back and has to improve to earn significant minutes.
Regardless, the running unit needs to get its 120 yards per game for OSU to be in position to win. The running game needs to get more creative and less predictable and restore its importance in the OSU winning philosophy. Riley calling more plays should help in this respect so I hope he is more forceful in seeing his type of game called. These are just my thoughts and I am curious as to who OSU fans expect will lead the rushing attack this year to get a bigger picture of opinions.