Georgia State running backs coach Joe Hamilton offered this analysis of the three running backs that will likely split most of the carries in this week’s game at James Madison. As you may know, running back Donald Russell sprained the MCL in his left knee in last week’s loss to Villanova and will miss the remainder of the season.
Hamilton said one back won’t carry the ball 20-25 times.
“I’ll have to put the right back into the right situation to be more successful,” he said.
He said he doesn’t yet know which back will get more reps. He said that will likely be decided by who practices better.
Offensive coordinator John Bond said all three are very good receivers coming out of the backfield, which is a skill they hope use Saturday.
“Travis brings a lot of energy, obviously experience. One thing I like about Travis is he’s all into the game. He’s a football player, a football junkie. He loves to play football. He gives you a lot of work ethic. He knows the offense, he’s been in the offense all four years.
“I don’t think he’s very elusive though he made some people miss last week. His strength is hitting the hole, energizing the team and overall being a positive leader.”
Evans has 61 rushing yards and two touchdowns this year.
“Rosevelt Watson, he’s really the glue of my running back group. Russell is obviously a leader but he led with his play on the field and his work ethic. Rosevelt is a positive leader, a a vocal leader, consistent player. You want him to be more fast, you want him to be more elusive, but he will consistently give you the design of the play going through his reads. He’s a positive influence. He cares about the team.”
Watson has 85 rushing yards this year.
“Parris Lee is a scatback guy who needs to be in space. Being in between the tackles isn’t his strong suit. Getting him outside where he can make people miss is his strong suit.”
Lee has 27 rushing yards this year.
“We have Malcolm Smith back there. He’s played a few times. I’ll look at Rendell Wilder.”
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