Jim McElwain wants running back depth for Florida Gators
You wouldn't know it by looking at last year's statistics, but Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain said he prefers to use a committee at running back rather than relying on one bell-cow back.
"I've kind of always been a guy who believes that you need to have multiple guys in the backfield," McElwain said Friday. "A running back only has so many hits in him, and to me, it's important that you have some depth and not one guy carrying it 45 times."
One player never ran the ball quite that much last year, but Kelvin Taylor certainly carried the load. Taylor, who is leaving UF early for the NFL draft, rushed 259 times last year, making up 75 percent of the Gators' carries by running backs.
McElwain said UF is developing some depth at the position. Juco early enrollee Mark Thompson looked impressive in the first full-pads practice earlier this week. At 6-foot-2, 242 pounds, he is even larger than former Gator Matt Jones (Armwood High). McElwain has also praised Jordan Scarlett and Jordan Cronkrite, who combined for 78 carries and 338 yards as true freshmen last season.
"I think you need guys at that position, and I think we're getting there," McElwain said. "Kind of finding out what they do best and putting them in those roles is something we kind of need to continue to discover."