March 12, 2007

Who will carry the load?

In Baylor's offense the rushing statistics are not going to be near the top, with that said last year's 40.17 yards per game, nine touchdowns, and No. 119 national ranking were sub-par and to say the least need to be improved.

Baylor did not sign a running back in the 2007 class, but they did bring in a talented new member to the team in running back coach Cornell Jackson. Coach Jackson's previous two backs, DonTrell Moore and Rodney Ferguson, both eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and earned All-Conference honors.

The Bears return 2006 second leading rusher Brandon Whitaker, but told the Waco Tribune-Herald he wants to "go in there fresh" and is not talking about who is atop the depth chart.

The Favorite

Based on production Whitaker would be at the top of the list. He has recorded 671 yards and 2 touchdowns on 173 career attempts. Whitaker has also shown he can be a reliable receiver out of the backfield with 357 yards and a TD on 62 receptions.

Whitaker despite his size is not shy about delivering a block. He may dance a little too much in the backfield but he is the most experienced returnee so we give him the edge heading into spring ball.

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