Slimms's 2018 Runningbacks (Seniors)

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  1. TedSlimmJr

    TedSlimmJr Hartselle Tigers (15-0) 5-A State Champ

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    1. Nick Chubb / Georgia / 5'10", 228

    2. Royce Freeman / Oregon / 5'11", 230

    3. Rashaad Penny / San Diego St. / 5'11", 220 (Better pure NFL prospect than Pumphrey. Has a nearly Joe Mixon type skillset.)

    4. Sony Michel / Georgia / 5'11", 222

    5. Kalen Ballage / Arizona St. / 6'2", 227

    6. Justin Crawford / W. Virginia / 5'11", 198

    7. Akrum Wadley / Iowa / 5'11", 191

    8. Keith Ford / Texas A&M / 5'11", 215

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    9. Justin Jackson / Northwestern / 5'11", 193

    10. Demario Richard / Arizona St. / 5'10", 219

    11. Ito Smith / Southern Miss. / 5'9", 195

    12. Jarvion Franklin / W. Michigan / 6'0", 228

    13. Jordan Chunn / Troy / 6'1", 231 (Excellent goal line back. Knows how to get it in the endzone.)

    14. D'Ernest Johnson / S. Florida / 5'10", 208 (One of the best in college football catching passes out of the backfield. Natural pass catcher.)

    15. Jordan Huff / N. Illinois / 5'11", 218

    16. Kani Benoit / Oregon / 6'0", 210

    17. Jeremy Smith / Louisville / 6'2", 224

    18. Diocemy St. Juste / Hawaii / 5'8", 195

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    19. Dalyn Dawkins / Colorado St. / 5'9", 185

    20. D'Angelo Brewer / Tulsa / 5'9", 185

    21. Larry Rose / New Mexico St. / 5'11", 190

    22. Dorolan Dorceus / Memphis / 5'10", 215

    23. Mark Thompson / Florida / 6'2", 237 (Powerful kid has the talent to be higher...has to fix the ball security issues first.)

    24. Ralph Webb / Vanderbilt / 5'10", 202

    25. Vic Enwere / California / 6'1", 240

    26. Ray Lawry / Old Dominion / 5'10", 204

    27. Phillip Lindsay / Colorado / 5'8", 190

    28. Darrel Williams / LSU / 6'1", 233

    29. James Butler / Iowa / 5'9", 210 (Transferred from Nevada)

    30. Shaun Wilson / Duke / 5'9", 180

    31. Lavon Coleman / Washington / 5'11", 228

    32. Terry Swanson / Toledo / 5'10", 200

    33. Tre Watson / California / 5'10", 195

    34. Nick Wilson / Arizona / 5'10", 208

    35. Ty Isaac / Michigan / 6'3", 228

    36. Dontrell Hilliard / Tulane / 6'0", 205

    37. Jeffery Wilson / N. Texas / 6'0", 194

    38. Justin Stockton / Texas Tech / 5'10", 205

    39. Mike Boone / Cincinnati / 5'10", 205














    Fullback:

    1. Dimitri Flowers / Oklahoma / 6'2", 239

    2. Austin Ramesh / Wisconsin / 6'1", 251

    3. Khalid Hill / Michigan / 6'2", 263

    4. J.D. Moore / LSU / 6'3", 241
     
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  2. Tannenbombs

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    Why so low on Ballage?
     
  3. TedSlimmJr

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    Ballage has a unique skillset. I like his size and athleticism, along with being one of the better backs in the country at catching passes out of the backfield.

    However, I don't see how anybody could be exceptionally high on him. What the hell are they basing it on? He doesn't produce consistently.

    He's not even the most productive back in his own backfield. Sun Devils like to do it by committee at RB and Ballage only gets about 10 carries a game on average. Demario Richard is built like a fire hydrant and has that low center of gravity that tends to bode well for RB's. They've used Ballage almost like a specialty player in my opinion.

    I think too much was made out of the 7 rushing TD game he had last year vs. Texas Tech, besides the fact it's a defense that doesn't tackle at all and has no culture on the defensive side of the ball. It's just not important in Lubbock.

    I need to see Ballage be consistent. Go out and produce week in and week out to merit moving up my list....to where he SHOULD be. I've been waiting 3 years to see it. I can't just give it to him in good conscience.
     
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    All fair points, I acknowledge them but still put a late 2 on him. I love his pro physical potential.

    I didn't like Richard at all..
     
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    Justin Crawford is probably the best RB i've seen at WVU since Slaton. He was criminally underused at times last season,.WVU has a pretty talented backfield this season so he might not get as many touches as he should. If they decide to play more of a workhorse role he'll have a top 5 season.
     
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    Most people continue to watch RB D'Ernest Johnson from the South Florida backfield and I agree that he's attractive because of his combination of physical talent and his pass catching skills.

    But the guy with the higher likelihood of becoming a successful ball carrier at the next level is RB Darius Tice.

    It's been a pleasure to watch Darius Tice make incremental progress on his body and his physical abilities each of the five years since he was recruited, because you know how hard a guy has to work for that. You can see his work in his body and in his physical abilities.

    And when he gets to testing date, don't be surprised if he shows off better test results than D'Ernest Johnson after all. In the Temple game, Tice broke into the open and flat out-ran a defender that I know ran in the high 4.5's coming out of high school. I would assume the Temple kid is even faster now than he was back then, too.

    Between Darius Tice and Dee Johnson, kind of a classic tortoise and hare situation.

    The thing that makes Tice so attractive to me is what he's had over Dee Johnson and even over Marlon Mack since he was recruited. That's his vision. This player has naturally great vision for a running back. He sees the defense's movement before he even gets the hand-off, and by the time he has secured the hand-off, he already has his affairs in order. It's a small difference, a matter of fractions of a second, but it can be a big factor. And he's had that going for him CONSISTENTLY in a way that not even Marlon Mack had (and Marlon Mack's vision is very good) since high school.



    The thing that D'Ernest Johnson is going to have over Darius Tice is that in 2014 & 2015, he caught 53 balls and looked like a natural pass catcher. But Dee has only caught 4 balls in 2017, and I wouldn't say he's looked remarkable doing it (think there's a drop or two in there if I recall).

    But D'Ernest Johnson has never looked to me like a natural ball carrier. That's why on a college offense (and conference) that has been consistently producing big runs, Dee has been stuck in the 4-5 yards per carry range in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Darius Tice has been 5+ each of those years. Marlon Mack was in the 6's in 2015 & 2016.
     
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    Very impressed with Kalen Ballage.

    Have always been impressed by Royce Freeman. So violent.

    Surprised that I like Sony Michel more than Nick Chubb. But I think Michel is just that compelling.
     

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