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Having four running backs that all deserve playing time could be an issue if they all had similar characteristics and style of play. But the beauty of this LSU backfield is that each running back has their own individual specialty.
Spencer Ware, who led the Tigers in carries in 2011, is the lead back of this group. He is the guy who is going to carry the load for this team while starting and most likely finishing the game. Ware is tough runner who uses his strength and speed combination to run between the tackles and pick up extra yardage after contact.
Michael Ford was the leading rusher on this team last season, totaling 756 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns. He is the "do it all" back for this club who can run both inside and outside, as well as be a reliable receiver out of the backfield.
Alfred Blue is the home run hitter of this group. He has exceptional speed and big-play ability, averaging 6.9 yards-per-carry last season. Blue is also the best pass-catching halfback on this roster. When the Tigers need a big play out of the backfield, look for Miles to call on Blue to get the job done.
Kenny Hilliard is the big bulldozer in the backfield. At 5'11" 240 pounds, Hilliard is often called upon in short-yardage and goal line situations. He had a team-leading eight touchdowns last season, which is a number that should rise in 2012 now that he has a true feel for the game at the college level.
It can be tough with four worthy backs, but when they all have their own unique styles, this makes it a perfect situation for Les Miles and his LSU coaching staff heading into the 2012 season.