Josh Kendall

Kendall’s Morning Meeting: USC ‘loaded’ at running back?

South Carolina running back Rod Talley.
South Carolina running back Rod Talley. mwalsh@thestate.com

With the addition of Darius Paulk and Rod Talley to scholarship, South Carolina now has seven tailbacks on scholarship. (That’s if you count Shon Carson, who is listed as a tailback but looks like he’ll be playing more, or all, wide receiver this year.) Steve Spurrier believes his team is “loaded” at the position.

I think that’s yet to be seen. My theory on running backs is this – if they’re special, you know it right away. That being said, you can win with good to really good running backs. What Brandon Wilds and David Williams, the two players who will handle the bulk of the carries this year, have proven so far is that they are good backs. The Gamecocks offense will be looking for ways to move the ball other than Pharoh Cooper this year, so Wilds and Williams will get their chance to prove they are more than that.

As for "loaded" at the position, that’ll depend on the development of freshmen Mon Denson and A.J. Turner. One of them probably will have to play this year unless Paulk or Talley is ready to contribute as the third running back. Denson, 5-10, 222 pounds, is the bruiser, while Turner, 5-10, 180 pounds, is the shifty one. They both have looked good in fall camp, Spurrier said.

Good enough? We’ll see.

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