Running Back Preview For The Utah State Aggies
Senior Tonny Lindsey has been named to the preseason Doak Walker Award watch list
Can Utah State find success in the running game this season?
The Utah State Aggies are looking to right the ship after a disappointing 3-9 season. On the offensive side of the ball, one of the biggest keys to a turnaround will be the play of the running backs. It wasn’t all great for USU, but it wasn’t all bad, either. If the offense can find a way to stay in focus, this group of running backs that Utah State has is good enough to keep them in games and give other defenses some problems.
The man who will most likely be leading the charge for USU is senior Tonny Lindsey. Last season, he showed flashes of just how valuable he is on the field as he led the team in both rushing yards (763) and carries (148), averaging just over five yards a carry. He also had two 100-yard games last season, rushing for 137 at Colorado State and a career high 168 yards at Nevada.
One of the biggest strengths Lindsey has is his ability to be able to catch passes out of the backfield. Having a running back who can both run and catch is a big plus for any offense.
With the different types of defense Utah State will run into this season, it will be interesting to see how much more they utilize him in the passing game. If he is able to be consistent in both phases of his game, it will mean a lot not just to him but to the offense as a hole.
Lindsey also has the ability to put up big numbers on the ground game and is probably one of the more under appreciated backs in the Mountain West. Him being named to the Doak Walker Award watch list should be a reminder that Lindsey has the potential to make noise in the conference this season.
There are other names you shouldn’t sleep on either, one of those being senior Lajuan Hunt. He is very similar to Lindsey in that he is also someone who can both run and catch. The numbers for Hunt aren’t that impressive, but that doesn’t tell the story. He is a very capable back who, when he becomes consistent, can be a dangerous threat out of the backfield.
Overall, Utah State should see improved results from their running backs this year compared to last year. They are explosive, athletic and a perfect complement to this USU offense. Only time will tell if these backs will have the big year we’re all hoping for.