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2011 Georgia State Football Roster: Travis Evans Leads the RBs

We continue the look at the pre-spring depth chart for the Georgia State Panthers and today we bring in to focus on the Running Backs. This may be one of the most disappointing units in 2010 as this group averaged only 72 yards per game. The overall rushing numbers for the team were better but that was mainly attributed to WR sweeps, reverses and Wildcat runs by Kelton Hill.

Starter – RS Sophomore Travis Evans: While no one back had more than 11 carries in a game in 2010, the 5’11, 185lbs Evans did the most with the offensive touches he received. He carried the ball 79 times for 382 yards and caught 14 passes for 97 yards and a TD. He also had 6 touches that went for more than 20+ yards which was the most on the team. Evans is improving in pass protection, has gained quality weight in off season workouts and is absolutely justifying an increase in workload in 2011.

Back Up – RS Sophomore Parris Lee/ RS Junior Rosevelt Watson – The reason why these two are together is that I can see no major difference in these two players. Each had 40+ carries and gained less than 175 yards total on the ground. The 5’9, 205lbs Watson is lauded by the coaching staff for his blitz pickup and Lee, who goes 5’9 and 190lbs, had the honor of scoring the first TD in GSU football history on a 4 yard plunge vs. Shorter. One of these two players have to take a step forward and demand more playing time. If not, they will be passed by incoming freshman Kyle Vorster or RS Sophomore Sam Burkhalter (30 carries, 103 yards, TD in 2010).

Impact Newcomer – RS Freshman Rendell Wilder – Wilder took a redshirt last year and at 5’8, 175lbs he may be the Panthers true home run hitter at RB. The coaching staff raved about him and I look forward to seeing him inserted into the lineup. He has very good vision and makes quick cuts getting up the field. 2009 Tucker HS Highlights

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.