After my quarterback preview for the upcoming season for the Missouri Tigers football team, I'm now moving on to running backs. This position has been a strong and consistent one for the Tigers in years past, led most recently by Tony Temple, who rushed for over 1,000 yards in his last two seasons with the team.
This is a platoon situation for now. Senior Jimmy Jackson is a small but tough runner, whose compact frame is perfect for short yardage situations. He had a couple nice games for the Tigers last year while Temple was injured, so he provides experience and consistency to a young unit.
Derrick Washington is coming off a year in which he played very well for a true freshman. He definitely got more comfortable and confident as the year went on, and he will probably get the most carries in the backfield.
D-Wash is a guy with a lot of speed and size who can catch the ball out of the backfield as well. However, fumbling was a problem last season, and he needs to prove that he can consistently play at a high level before Head Coach Gary Pinkel makes him the official starter.
The third guy on the depth chart at RB is Devion Moore. Moore is smaller then even Jackson, but should contribute to the team this season as a redshirt freshman by using his speed and impressive moves.
These top three will get the bulk of the carries this season, unless Chase Coffman or Jeremy Maclin line up behind Daniel occasionally for a change of pace.
Running back is a sort of unproven position on this squad, but anybody who watched the team last year knows that Jackson and D-Wash are the real deal. Moore should only aid the two by helping with the workload.
After seeing Temple destroy the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Cotton Bowl, Pinkel has mentioned he wants to run a little more. Using a fairly big and experienced offensive line, the running back spot on this team should definitely do its part in the passing-oriented spread offense.