Florida State football preview: Running backs – Tomahawk Nation
Goodbye Dalvin Cook, hello two of the top running backs of the 2017 recruiting class. Even though Florida State already had a solid lineup at running back heading into the 2017 season, Jimbo Fisher and his staff recruited two five-star running backs and another high four-star to join them, creating a powerful position group.
Already named the starter for the 2017 season, Florida State junior Jacques Patrick will look to carry over the success that he had during 2016 in a part time role. The powerful running back from Orlando, Fla. averaged 5.7 yards per carry last season, totaling 350 yards and four touchdowns. Against Syracuse in 2015, Patrick ran for a career high 162 yards on 24 carries. He eclipsed 100 yards for the second time against USF in 2016, running for 124 yards on 20 carries. Over his career, the 6’3 231 lb. playmaker has run for 664 yards on 124 carries with nine touchdowns. Even with the plethora of new talent on the team, Patrick should get a majority of the carries and if all goes well, could become a mentor for those new young additions.
Before we begin talking about the three-headed monster of the position group, sophomore running back Amir Rasul has impressed many during practices and camp and should earn a decent amount of carries this upcoming season. The quick, agile 5’11 196 lb. back from Miami, Fla. played special teams in seven of FSU’s games last season and recorded 46 rushing yards on six carries for the season — all vs. Charleston Southern. He and Patrick should make for a nice tandem backfield with Rasul being used as a receiving back.
Redshirt senior Ryan Green will get limited carries much as the previous years. In his career, the 5’10 204 lb. back from