William Rose will provide leadership for the young backs
Aug. 20, 2009
BOCA RATON, FL - Last year, the Florida Atlantic Owls compiled 1,804 rushing yards throughout the season. Head coach Howard Schnellenberger expects much of the same from his running backs this year.
One back he expects big things from is the returning leading rusher, redshirt senior William Rose. Last year, Rose tallied 308 yards and scored one touchdown.
A lost art in the running back is the ability to block and do the small things outside of running. Blocking, communication and awareness are all large responsibilities for a good tailback.
Another running back expected to make solid contributions is redshirt sophomore Alfred Morris. Schnellenberger speaks highly of Morris' ability to protect the quarterback. "Alfred has great feet, great hands, and likes to unload on linebackers," Schnellenberger said. "It's a very powerful thing when you have a tailback that sits over there and waits for the linebacker."
According to Schnellenberger, Morris' best strength is not in the physical aspect, but the mental aspect of his game.
"He's intelligent in the classroom and has knowledge of the game of football," Schnellenberger said. "He sees the field even when he is making contact to try to get the first down."
by Mark Stankiewicz