Well this shouldn’t be too hard. Asking me to talk about Vanderbilt Running Backs is like asking me to talk about this play, I can do it all day.
It’s easy to tell that Vandy has more depth at running back than anything else. In fact, it’s a bit of a shame that guys like Wesley Tate and Kennard Reeves (who are both solid players) aren’t going to be able to get the ball as much as Warren Norman in Zac Stacy. Hopefully Vandy will find a way to work in all these guys to get the best out of them.
Now, if Vanderbilt were a more behind-center team, having all these running backs would be fantastic. But I’m not sure that our shotgun offense is going to allow us to get the most out of these guys. You see, I’m not a big fan of shotgun runs: I think it makes it too easy for the defense to stop you behind the line, especially considering the fact that our offensive line isn’t the best (I’m trying to put it in a nice way).
Anyways, it’s time for the player breakdown.
Do I really need to tell you about Warren Norman? He’s the best offensive player on the team by a long shot, and he’s giving Chris Marve a run for his money as best overall player on the team. Let’s just hope this guy doesn’t get hurt.
Zac Stacey was the expected starter last year, but an early season injury changed everything. You see, Warren was able to take most of the carries when Zac was out and that is what molded Warren into the great player he is now, all thanks to an injury. Zac did come back strong later in the season, though.
So while Warren and Zac were stealing the show, Kennard Reeves was the third wheel. That said, he’s not the kind of guy that opposing teams should overlook. When he gets his chances to play, he makes the most of them.
Wesley Tate is the brother of former Notre Dame star (and current Seattle Seahawk) Golden Tate. He was redshirted last season, but coaches have been very impressed by his hard running this summer and he will be getting some carries this season.
Rest in Peace