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We all know the importance of the B-Back in CPJ's spread option system. Following what would be a typical fullback type of player in a Pro-Style offense, the B-Back has long been the "feature" back of Paul Johnson's offense. In fact, dating back to his days at Navy, only oncec in his entire time coaching at the FBS level did his B-Backs not combine to gain at least 1,000 yards rushing.
And that is probably what makes this year's production at B-Back most disappointing. Combined, the top three B-Backs on the roster (David Sims, Preston Lyons and Charles Perkins) only rushed for 996 yards and nine TDs. Compare that to Jon Dwyer, who by himself in 2008 had 1,395 rushing yards and 12 TDs.
In '08, the B-Backs combined for over 1,600 rushing yards. In 2009, Dwyer rushed once again for 1,395 yards and 14 TDs that season. In 2010, in what we all considered a down year for the Jackets, Ant Allen was still able to get over 1,300 yards by himself (granted, TDs were down that season)
Now, I understand that Dwyer and Allen were both special talents (regardless of what role, both have spots on NFL rosters). But, the optimism when David Sims made a meteoric rise through the depth charts was certainly high for me. And again, CPJ has been running this system at the FBS level for 10 years, and only once did his B-Backs not combine for 1,000 yards.
So, maybe it's just me, but the level of play for the B-Backs just did not get it done to me. You could certainly see the potential burst from Sims from time to time, but it just never seemed like it clicked. The big plays from that position that GT fans became so accustomed to over the past three years just were not there.
Now, just like QBs, there is fortunately room to grow for the Jackets B-Backs. Longtime GT player Preston Lyons graduates this year, but Sims will still only be a junior. After that, Charles Perkins, who I personally feel has the most potential of the entire group, will only be a sophomore next season.
Overall Grade: C