2011 Depth Chart
John St. Clair
Matt Prater (KOS)
Josh Cribbs (PR)
Heading into the preseason, I was pretty sure I wanted Armando Allen to start at running back. I was pretty much positive. I had Quinn as my guy, Edwards Robiskie and Massaqoui were the starters there. It seemed pretty much concrete. I wanted to fast forward to the beginning of the season already.
Our first preseason game was against the Redskins. When we got the ball, I called a Strong-I Power Right play to see Armando in action. I was NOT disappointed. He got the ball and I could have sworn I saw smoke off the turf when his feet moved. He was met with two defenders, juked one and spun the other and ran it in for a 45 yard touchdown. Wow.
The second quarter Clausen was the qb. I had Jerome Harrison and Andre Crenshaw at running back with Dwyer at fullback. Harrison was doing well in the passing game, but Crenshaw made me rethink a lot of things. On a sweep to the left, he evaded three tacklers before being brought down 20 yards later. He looked almost identical to Armando Allen. On a 3rd and 1, I gave the ball to Jonathan Dwyer and he not only got the first down, he broke two tackles, and was able to run past the secondary for 35 yards before a corner caught up and tripped him.
This gave me an idea. I sent Aldridge in to play fullback, not wanting to injure Vickers, and Dwyer moved to halfback. He tore it up. He was able to break tackles from a dead stop by shrugging the defenders off. He showed he could juke, and spin, and stiff arm.
Leaving that game, we had a full blown runningback battle between Allen, Crenshaw, and Dwyer. Clausen showed he could play, but I still liked Quinn better at that moment. But I wasn’t ruling anything out. Harrell also played well, but he also didn’t turn my head. QB wasn’t seeing any moves in the near future, at least under my control…