February 26, 2007

Spring Preview: The Running Backs

OUTGOING PLAYER: None

THE COMPETITORS: Shannon Woods, Baron Batch, Kobey Lewis, David Schaefer

THE OUTLOOK: Mike Leach is renowned for always managing to replace outstanding quarterbacks with other outstanding quarterbacks. Given the unexpectedly sterling job Shannon Woods did in replacement of Taurean Henderson last season, Leach may soon develop a similar reputation for reloading with top-flight running backs.

Henderson, as all Red Raider fans fondly recall, was a record-breaker extraordinaire who capped off his fine career with first team All Big 12 honors in 2005. Coming into last season, Woods was little more than a seldom-used backup of modest school boy fame, who was known for his brash demeanor more than anything else.

The general consensus was that the Tech ground game and short receiving game would falter noticeably with Henderson gone and Woods filling his shoes. This conventional wisdom was only reinforced by Woods' underwhelming work in spring and summer drills.

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