The Massachusetts football running back competition ultimately lasted throughout nearly all of training camp. It was the most hotly contested of any positional battle on the roster and, ultimately, was awarded to steady junior running back Jamal Wilson.
A competition as deep as the running back competition breeds depth and numerous players capable of handling the responsibility at running back. That wasn’t lost on Wilson or his coach Mark Whipple, who noted that the team will try to rotate backs as much as possible despite noting in the past that his preference is to have one running back who takes the majority of the snaps.
” We’ll let them all have some looks,” Whipple said. “Lorenzo (Woodley) is a little healthier and Jordan (Broadnax) has been healthier this past week and J.T. (Blyden) keeps impressing so we’ll just kind of play it.”
Wilson earned the majority of the reps with the starters throughout camp and will open the year atop the two-deep depth chart. But he knows — Wilson rose up the ranks last year due to injuries and ineffectiveness from other running backs above him — that the work doesn’t end there.
“I’m humbled,” he said of being named starter. “I’ll just keep working every day like I’m not the starting running back. I want the coaches to know that I’m the best man for the job and I come out here every day and try to show that when I’m running.”
That first showcase will come against Boston College, a team which allowed opposing running backs to rush for four yards a carry in 2013.