Countdown To Camp: Running Backsby Brad Allis on Jul. 15, 2010, under Arizona Wildcats Football, Countdown to Camp
Although the Cats run the spread, they still put a huge emphasis on the running game. In fact the Cats were pretty close to a 50-50 split last season, running the ball over 47% of the time. With that, we take a look at the Wildcats’ running situation.
- Nic Grigsby
- Nic Grigsby 5-10, 190, SR (79-567 7.2 5 TD)
- Keola Antolin 5-8, 195, JR (114-637 5.6 5 TD)
- Greg Nwoko 6-2, 228, SO* (76-273 3.6 3 TD)
- Taimi Tutogi 6-1, 258, SO (11-50 4.5 1 TD)
- Daniel Jenkins 5-9, 187, FR*
- Kylan Butler 5-8, 180, FR*
If healthy, this should be a really good group, but you really can’t count on it. Grigsby is among the better runners in the Pac-10 if he can stay on the field. Stoops was noticeably agitated with Grigsby’s injuries in the spring and you have to wonder if the opportunity to steal carries from the senior are there. Antolin is a more than capable back and Nwoko had a few flashes, especially against Oregon State. Antolin, with his big play ability, will see plenty of time, especially if Grigsby is banged up again.
Tutogi had a great spring and could see his role increased. His ability to pass block, combined with an apparent ability to carry the ball as a tail back, could see him shoot up the depth chart. He will be used more as a H-Back/fullback, but he could see time as a lone setback.
Jenkins showed me some talent in the spring, but has a lot to prove.
Did You Know?:
- Grigsby, Antolin and Nwoko each led the Cats in rushing at least once last season.
- The Cats did not sign a running back in the 2010 class, but already have to verbally committed for the 2011 class.
- The top four rushers are back, but five and six are gone (Nick Booth and Delashaun Dean).
For a more detailed look at the Arizona running backs, go to WildcatSportsReport.com