Friday, August 16, 2013

Aggie position preview: Running backs

(To this point, Germi Morrison is the lone proven Division-I running back on the Aggie roster/Photo by Steve MacIntyre)

Leading up to the start of the college football season, we look at the New Mexico State Aggies in respective position-by-position breakdowns. We continue with the running backs:

Although the team is lacking depth in this area, there does appear to be a decent one-two punch in place to start the season.

Last year’s starter Germi Morrison is a proven player, a pounder and tough runner between the tackles. He’ll be flanked by Brandon Betancourt, a Mayfield High School graduate and NMSU junior who’s displayed a burst, and could provide some big-play pop at the position.

The key here is the two aforementioned players staying healthy for the duration of an independent schedule, a feat that could be challenging.

The Aggies brought in freshman Marquette Washington this offseason, a player who put up good numbers at Kaiser High School in Fontana, Calif. The team also added Jermichael Selders (a transfer from City College of San Francisco) before training camp, who has the look of a power back. True freshman and Las Cruces High graduate Xavier Hall has also gotten some work during August practices.

Still, none of the backups have received carries on the Division-I level before, making Morrison and Betancourt maintaining quality health a critical component entering the season.

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