Trojans looking to find right fit at running back

Published 7:46 pm Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Troy Trojans are set to open up fall camp this Friday afternoon. While most of the attention may be focused on the quarterback battle between Sawyer Smith and Kaleb Barker, another offensive position battle is underway.

The running back corps, although they lost two staples in the offseason, will be looked at as a strength once again in the fall.

Jordan Chunn and Josh Anderson combined to rush for 1,278 yards last season with 16 touchdowns. Chunn broke the school’s overall touchdown record and Anderson had his best season as a Trojan.

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Now the Trojans look towards the future with familiar faces hoping to make an impact.

B.J. Smith took reps as the starting running back during spring practice, but the Trojans also have Jamarius Henderson and Jabir Daughtry-Frye to fall back on.

“We are going to be more by committee,” said head coach Neal Brown. “Coming out for the spring, B.J. was the starter at that position. I’m intrigued to see how it’s going to play out. Jamarius Henderson is probably our most talented guy. He has to prove that he can stay healthy. He is probably going to be as critical to our success as anybody.”

Henderson led the way when it comes to returning players. He rushed for 355 yards and had four touchdowns on the ground.

Smith saw actions in 12 games a season ago and carried the ball 27 times for 101 yards, good enough for a 3.7-yard average.

The Trojans running game may not be limited to just their running backs. Depending on how the quarterback battles play out in camp. The Trojans should be able to churn up yards at the quarterback position as well.

Barker carried the ball 21 times for a total of 181 yards and had two touchdowns. He had a 48-yard touchdown run during Troy’s win over Akron.

Smith redshirted last season, but during his freshman season he rushed for 73 yards on 10 attempts. Coming out of high school, Smith was the No. 33 ranked dual threat quarterback in the signing class by 247 Sports and the No. 36 ranked duel threat quarterback by ESPN.

Kevin Perkins was highly ranked recruit for the Trojans and was looked at to get a lot of carries until he was later removed from the team.