RB Post-spring position preview

Running back is a position in which the Jayhawks are deep and talented, expect a lot of runs this year and if KU expects to play well the RBs are going to hae to perform

#25 Brandon Bourbon 6’1 208 (RSFR) Potosi (MO) - Bourbon is an absolute burner at the running back position, he is exactly the kind of player Gill has been looking for at the skill positions. During his redshirt season he gained rave reviews on the scout team and hoped to turn that success into a great spring. He had a lower leg injury and will be out for 2 months. He will be able to play this season but how well after the injury nobody knows. He has the talent to be the number 1 back on the team but he may get no higher than third because of the setback.

#37 Ryan Burton 5’9 187 (SO) Colorado Springs (CO) – Burton had a lot of carries in the spring game but didn’t show much explosiveness, with the talent in front of Burton I don’t expect to see much from the sophomore.

#6 Rell Lewis 5’9 205 (JR) Muskogee (OK) – Lewis was on track to be the number 2 back last year before an injury derailed his season. Lewis is more of a speed back and could get some touches as the third back while Bourbon recovers from his injury

#3 Darrian Miller 5’10 181 (FR) Blue Springs (MO) – This kid is for real, as I have been saying for the better part of a year now he has unreal balance and vision in the backfield, he has a knack for making plays and he will get plenty of touches this year. He could take the #1 spot as the year progresses. Not the biggest or fastest but the kid does work, reminds me of Emmitt Smith

#36 Deshaun Sands 5’7 190 (SO) Sunrise (FL) – Sands is another small scat back, but hasn’t been able to produce much yet. Expect him to improve as he is only a sophomore but I don’t think he will see regular time in the running back rotation

#29 James Sims 6’ 226 (SO) Irving (TX) – Sims broke out his freshman year with a solid year running the ball. He is the frontrunner to be the number one guy again this year. Sims is a big bruising back that will be used to pound the defense all game long allowing faster backs (Bourbon, Miller) to run free. Expect another big year from Sims
Incomming Freshmen

Anthony Pierson 5’11 175 East St Louis (IL)- Pierson was a big get for the Kansas football team, a small shifty and incredibly fast back Pierson is a true homerun threat on every play. Expect to see Pierson in the slot and on special teams a lot early, similar to how we use DJ Beshears now. Reminds me of Joe McKnight

Dreamius Smith 6’ 205 Wichita (KS) – Smith is a big back with breakaway speed. He put up video game numbers in Wichita, where he absolutely dominated the competition. I don’t know how much he will play this year, but he will be good down the road, reminds me of Rashard Mendenhall

Depth Chart prediction
1 Sims
2 Miller
3 Bourbon
4 Pierson
5 Lewis
6 Sands
7 Smith
8 Burton <!-- / message --><!-- sig -->
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