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Jordon James should see time this year
The implementation of the spread offense by new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone will offer the the Bruins both inventiveness and flexibility when it comes to their personnel.
Often times, a tailback might be lined up in the slot as a receiver or at the natural position in the backfield. The goal of the spread is to create one-on-one matchups, where the respective team's athletes can be out in space and utilize their speed and quickness.
With the no-huddle being an integral element of the spread, a myriad of wideouts and tailbacks will be employed. Swing passes will be a vital part of the Bruins' offense this upcoming year, as will screens and routes out of the backfield.
With that in mind, both Jordon James and Damien Thigpen represent the ideal tailback/slot receiver hybrid needed to execute the spread.
James is stockier than Thigpen, but he's incredibly quick and agile. There's a reason that James has the nickname "joystick," and that's due to his arsenal of jukes and ways of making defenders miss in space.
Thigpen has been injured throughout his career. Now as a junior, he's hoping to break out and show the sub-4.4 speed that he had in high school.
He's had a very good fall camp and looks like he possesses the most pure speed out of any member on the roster. At only 5'8", 178 pounds, expect Thigpen to be showcased on bubble screens and on slants across the center of the field.
Both James and Thigpen are essentially versatile, interchangeable parts. With the speed and quickness of both, it would behoove the staff to get the ball in their hands as often as possible.