July 25, 2006

Camp preview: Logjam at tailback

There may be no position where we know less at Missouri than running back. While the Tiers have a stable full of backs who have a chance to be very good, not one of them has proven he can be on a consistent basis.

Marcus Woods tops the Missouri list of experience with a grand total of 194 career carries. By comparison, Oklahoma State's Mike Hamilton had 193 last season alone. Hugh Charles had 189 carries at Colorado. Both Adrian Peterson and Cory Ross had more than 200 carries last season alone. In other words, the Tigers are short on experience at running back.

Each back offers a little something different. Woods is, for the lack of a better term, the safe choice. He has put up 100 yards in a game before, has shown an ability, far more than the rest, to produce on a consistent basis in the Big 12. He has held on to the ball. With Woods, the Tigers more or less know what they are getting.

There are three viable candidates to line up as Mizzou's starting tailback against Murray State. Which of the three emerges to take charge in the backfield will be one of camp's most interesting stories.

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