The most celebrated position on the Auburn football team is that of running back. There is a long and storied history for that position at the school. It is also a very essential position for offensive coordinator Gus Malzhan's offensive strategy.
We all know that running back Dontae Aycock was removed from the team due to a violation of team rules. Now it is time to take a look at this position for 2010.
Auburn had the thirteenth ranked rushing offense in the nation in 2009. It is based on a very strong power rushing attack that is augmented by an updated single wing type misdirection and deception attack.
Mario Fannin is a 5’11” 227 lbs. hard nosed senior running back. Luper has predicted that he will eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in 2010. He has had a very productive career with the Tigers. He was a highly regarded recruit and will be expected to produce as such in this, his final season. He possesses sub 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash and is a threat from anywhere on the field.
Auburn is not deep at running back this year. There is adequate depth, but certainly not as much as wanted. If the Tigers had two more good all purpose backs this year they would see immediate playing time.
Auburn fans can expect athletes like Trovon Reed to get some rushing action out of the wing/slot position.