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March 29, 2008The Bearcats lose a lot of experience in the offensive backfield this year. Gone are Greg Moore, Butler Benton, and Bradley Glatthaar, who combined for 1139 yards and 12 touchdowns. However, they have some quality, if unproven, backs returning. The current problem is depth; with only three true running backs, the Bearcats are pretty thin at a vital position until the recruiting class comes in the fall.
Jacob Ramsey will begin the spring as the starter if for no other reason than he was the only running back who played a down in 2007. Ramsey ascended to the starting position mid-way through the year due to a great start of the season and finished with 401 yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately, he only averaged 3.8 yards per carry and just wasn't the same running back after becoming the starter, and wore down as the season went along. Still, the Bearcats are hoping for, and expecting, big things starting this spring.
John Goebel returns to the field after redshirting 2007. After switching to the defensive side of the ball at the request of Mark Dantonio, Goebel asked Brian Kelly to return to running back last year and was granted his wish. So, starting this spring, Bearcat fans will get a chance to see some of the exciting things Goebel can do.
After spending the 2007 season at defensive tackle, Marcus Waugh will shift to H-back/fullback, which was where he began his Bearcat career in 2005 before sustaining a season-ending injury. He played in every game there in 2006 before making the switch to defense last year.
Redshirt freshman Montez Patterson, from Cincinnati Hughes High School, returns to the field this spring looking to make an impression. Patterson was a pleasant surprise in summer training camp, but due to the dearth of running backs already on the roster, he was redshirted. His senior year in high school, Patterson earned All-Southwest Ohio Public League honors when he ran for 1,449 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Walk-on Trammell Williams, from Colerain High School, is another running back who is looking to impress this spring. The coaching staff believes he can make the traveling squad in the fall with a good performance in April. With the talent coming in terms of freshman running back recruits, Williams is going to have to prove himself this spring, or he'll likely be at the bottom of the depth chart.
BCL Countdown to Spring PracticePosition battle #8: Linebacker Preview
Brian Kelly Q&A # 1: Position Changes
Position battle # 7: Offensive Line Preview
Coach interview # 1: Spring Chat with Coach Quinn
Position battle # 6: Defensive Line Preview
Brian Kelly Q&A # 2: Health of team, status of Mauk
Position battle # 5: Defensive Backs Preview
Coach interview # 2: Spring Chat with Coach Tresey
Position battle # 4: Wide Receiver Preview
Brian Kelly Q&A # 3: Scheduling and Facility Upgrades
Position battle # 3: Tight End Preview
Position battle # 2: Running Back Preview
Position battle # 1: Sunday