Apr 28, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back Marquis Jackson (28) carries the ball in the second half of the Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
The glamor is reserved for the other running back position. This is the blue collar position but an always important one when you start diving into a pro style offensive set. Kansas will use a two back set at times, they'll use a single back set at times. These players will no doubt be a pretty important piece of either personnel grouping as Kansas aims to keep Dayne Crist healthy and provide some extra offensive support.
Marquis Jackson - We talked about this one yesterday. Jackson has moved from wideout, to halfback and with added weight his name now also carries the label of fullback on the Kansas roster. He's probably the most athletically capable fullback on the roster and one that could easily handle more traditional running back duties alongside any fullback responsibilities. Obviously he has to learn the position and develop his skills as a blocker, but if his trajectory continues this could be a great position move for both Jackson and Kansas.
- Nick Sizemore - Sizemore is a player who followed Turner Gill from Buffalo. He has the ability to contribute as we've heard a lot of positives about him in recent years. Unfortunately we never really had much chance to see him in action because Gill didn't utilize a fullback very often during his brief two years. Sizemore is a junior so he has two seasons left. Hopefully he can provide some quality depth and minutes when the situation calls for a bigger blocking back.
- Ed Fink - Fink is now a redshirt sophomore and at this point we have nothing in the way of game experience to point to when evaluating his potential. He moved from linebacker to fullback under Gill and appears to be continuing on that path with the new regime. He has good size, but he'll be looking up at Jackson, Sizemore and others in terms of playing time.
Trent Smiley - Call this an H-back, call it a fullback but Smiley is listed as a tight end on the roster. He's been given some pretty high praise for his blocking ability and that has provided him an opportunity to lineup in a sort of fullback position with certain personnel groupings. He's still working with the tight ends, that's still his position, but it wouldn't be out of the question to see him line up in the backfield on occasion to provide a lift as a blocker.
Jackson is by far the most intriguing player at this position due to his versatility but Sizemore is the more traditional fullback. It will be interesting to see how Weis leverages the position and how often he goes with a bigger single back set versus a two back set with a fullback.