Mississippi State running backs coach Greg Knox is excited about his group of guys.
And why shouldn’t he be?
The Bulldogs return junior Josh Robinson who rushed for nearly 500 yards as a sophomore, sophomore Ashton Shumpert, utility offensive piece Brandon Holloway and senior Nick Griffin is finally healthy.
They also add freshmen Aeris Williams and Dontavian Lee.
“I don’t know if I’ve had this many quality running backs in a while,” Knox said. “The two freshmen that have come in, have shown that they are going to be able to play in this league. The veterans coming back are solid. All those guys are playing well right now. We’ve got competition at that position.”
Robinson will more than likely be the starter when the Bulldogs open the season on Aug. 30 against Southern Mississippi. The Franklinton, La., native has rushed for 794 yards and four touchdowns during his two-year Bulldog career.
“We’re coached to be the best,” Robinson said. “Myself personally, I’ve got to be held to a higher standard. I’ve got to do the extra. I’ve got to push myself.”
Last season, a running back did not lead the Bulldogs in rushing, Rather, it was quarterback Dak Prescott.
Robinson feels like Prescott’s legs open up more running lanes and helps the running backs more than hurts them.
“It helps a lot because you can’t just focus on the running back running the ball,” Robinson said. “With Dak, you’ve always got that double threat. They’re always going to have an eye on him and the running back.”
RB depth chart:
Josh Robinson, Nick Griffin, Ashton Shumpert, Brandon Holloway Aeris Williams