Posted August 5th, 2008 by Brian
Filed under: Football

Position Rating: C+
Starter: Vondrell McGee
Reserves: Foswhitt Whittaker, Chris Ogbonnaya

Vondrell McGeeGoing into spring practice [tag]Vondrell McGee[/tag] was the clear number one guy at running back but freshman Fozzy Whittaker’s big play ability has earned him a share of the job. The talent is there but the lack of experience brings down the group’s preseason grade.

McGee was the top running back in the state in the 2006 class and has been solid so far in his short career. He’ll be expected to carry the bulk of the load especially early in the season. Whittaker doesn’t have Jamaal Charles’ top end speed but does have the quickness and elusiveness to break big runs. Neither player has much experience, McGee’s 75 carries last season are the duo’s only career touches, but together they have the ability to make up for the loss of Charles to the NFL.

Senior [tag]Chris Ogbonnaya[/tag] is a reliable backup who will again contribute as the team’s third down back. As a former fullback and wide receiver Chris is perfect for the role, providing blitz pickup help and a sure-handed outlet receiver out of the backfield. His experience and versatility bring stability to the running backs corps but he likely won’t be relied on to provide much offensive output.

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  1. reply to  #1


    Vondrell McGee is going to be a stud! He is a beast! I cant wait to see him play. Fozzy is a game breaker he can really put the moves on ya! Im ready to see these young guy get on the field and showcase their talent.

  2. reply to  #2

    Jim Smith


    Having watched the team workout all summer and having watched the first two open practices, these two will make us all forget about Jamaal Charles.

    You’ll see.

  3. reply to  #3


    I was never a fan of Jamaal, he fumbled way too much for me.
    I agree with these first two posts, the running game should not be a concern. These running backs are going to awesome.

  4. reply to  #4


    @Jim: C+ is the preseason rating, I have high hopes for them this season too but they’ve proved nothing.

    @BJ: Jamaal eventually solved a lot of his fumbling problems last season. I think if he and his NFL coaches keep working on it he won’t have a huge issue in the NFL.

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