Colorado State’s Two Headed Running Back Monster
The Rams Running Game Should Give Opposing Defenses Fits This Season
Dawkins and Matthews Provide Powerful One-Two Punch
While the phrase ‘running back by committee’ usually doesn’t strike fear into the hearts of your opponents but for those who line up against Colorado State this season, that phrase may be the scariest thing you’ve heard. That’s because the Rams return not one but their top three returning rushers from a season ago.
Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo will have plenty of options when calling a running play this season. He can go with the senior and his leading rusher from a season ago in Dayln Dawkins or he can go with the big bruising back in junior Izzy Matthews. Dawkins finished last season with 952 yards while Matthews had 747 yards to go along with his 13 rushing touchdowns.
Dawkins and Matthews were a solid one – two punch for the Rams offense last season. Dawkins would break defenses down with his speed and cutting ability while Matthews and his 215lb frame would finish grinding opponents down in the fourth quarter.
There is a wild card in this mix and that is Marvin Kinsey Jr who was third on the team in rushing with 566 yards at nearly 6 yards a carry. Kinsey Jr torn up his ACL before the bowl game so there is a very good chance that Bobo will redshirt him and save a year of eligibility.
If that doesn’t happen and he can make it back then the Rams will have a three headed monster the likes of which have not been seen in the Mountain West in a long, long time if ever.
Any running game is only as good as it’s offensive line and the Rams will have a solid one with a lot of experience. There will be no excuses for the Rams if Dawkins and/or Matthews are not among the league leaders in yardage this season.
They are a solid duo who can take a lot of pressure off of quarterback Nick Stevens and the passing game. There are a reason why a lot of people are picking the Rams to win the Mountain division of the conference this year.