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CRFF Roundtable: Running Back Preview

Our staff previews the running back depth for the 2016 season.

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Who gets more touches and why: Rennie Childs or Jeff Carr?

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Robert

I'm not sure which one, but it will be whoever is more okay with social interaction and hugging.

Phillip

If by touches, we're including all hand-offs, receptions, and kick and punt returns then I'm going with Carr.

Austin

If there are no injuries to Carson or Sanders, I expect Carr to get more carries than Childs. Carr is the change of pace back that every team wants to have. Yurcich should have plays designed specifically for Carr, whereas Childs is more of an every-down back. Childs fits the same mold as Carson and Sanders, and I fear he may fall behind the two.

Jake

Jeff Carr is more versatile and gives you more options than Childs. He'll have more touches.

Josh Elias

Jeff Carr. He'll have an opportunity in special teams and in the passing game. We caught a glimpse of each of those last year. He can be lethal with the ball in open space and, with some more muscle on him, he should be even more dangerous this year. I like Rennie coming up big when he's called on in key situations.

Cade

I'll go with Jeff Carr. He's more versatile and can catch the ball out of the backfield if needed. I think Childs will slip down the depth chart with the addition of Barry J. Sanders, but Carr's versatility helps him stand out.

Kyle

I say Carr for the reasons mentioned above. But just in the running game I could see him get more, as well. He's put on substantial weight and don't think for a second Mike Gundy wouldn't love to see him move up the depth chart as a true sophomore.

Christopher

I'm going to go against the grain and say Rennie. He'll be part of the regular rotation at RB, and if either guy ahead of him gets nicked up, he'll step in and get a lot more carries. I actually think Carr would get more touches and be used in more ways if not for the presence of Jalen McCleskey.

The leading rusher for the Cowboys will be? Explain yourself.

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Robert

I'll go with CC or Barry J. I don't even explain​ myself to my wife, so good luck with that.

Phillip

Whoever can average more than 1.5 yards a carry after the first three games of the season, because they'll get the ball the most.

Austin

Chris Carson. He is still our #1 guy, and he should get the most touches. Chances are, he'll lead the team in rushing yards.

Jake

Chris Carson will still be the top back behind a much improved offensive line. I could see him rushing for close to 1K this year.

Josh Elias

The leading rusher for the Pokes will be Barry. He's got instincts that others don't. Behind a more experienced line and the influence of Marcus Arroyo on his position, and the offense as a whole, things will start to click and the running game will be a major factor to this team's success. Also, how can he not? Barry Sanders leads Oklahoma State in rushing... in 2016? This stuff writes itself!

Cade

I think it will be Chris Carson. If the offensive line is improved like I think it will be, then he's got the talent, size and mindset to do it. I think expectations were piled on too quickly and we probably didn't give him a fair chance to transition from JUCO to D1 football. I expect a much better season from him.

Kyle

I think either Carson or Sanders could lead the team in rushing. I will go Sanders with a slight advantage but I could see them as a two-headed monster. Maybe Sanders - 850 ish, Carson - 700... which would be fantastic for the Pokes, by the way.

Christopher

Chris Carson. I expect Carson to start the season at the top of the depth chart. If the offensive line is improved, he'll have a better season and hold onto that lead back role. If the offensive line is not improved, I'm not sure it matters who's running the ball.

Which freshman tailback if either do you see benefiting the most from a redshirt year? (Justice Hill or La’Darren Brown)

Justice Hill

Robert

Take your pick. They are both undersized, so would benefit from adding 20 lbs more than anything. OSU is four deep with experience (3 Seniors), so unless depth becomes an issue, or one of them is just so super talented you can't keep him off the field, I see both redshirting.

Phillip

I'm with Robert. I don't think either one sees the field this year, so really they would both benefit from a redshirt season because; A. they will get bigger and B. There will be more touches available next season.

Austin

Both of them will benefit as long as Rob Glass is still on staff! #BodybyGlass

Jake

Both freshman backs will benefit greatly from a year of #BodyByGlass.

Josh Elias

I don't know much about these backs individually, so I'm going to be that guy that answers the question by not answering the question. Behind a stable of potentially reliable and dynamic backs (3 of which are leaving next year), both of these guys get to take advantage of 3 opportunities: 1) Getting bigger, faster, and stronger in the weight room 2) Gaining the experience of being in the system to prepare for a whole year before they step on the field 3) Experience what a winning culture looks like, to learn from it, and pass it on over their next four years.

Cade

Both will benefit because the strength and conditioning program is second to none. But I do think Justice Hill has immense potential and already looks completely transformed after an off-season with Rob Glass. I'm excited for La'Darren Brown as a change of pace back, but I think Justice Hill gets his body ready for 2017 when he takes over the starting RB position.

Kyle

I think the Cowboys would benefit with both redshirting. That would mean the ground game is effective enough to not have to try your fourth or fifth option. I think Mike Gundy would take that if you asked him today. You're losing a lot from the group after this year and not having to burn either's redshirt could be huge moving forward.

Christopher

La'Darren Brown. All indications are Justice Hill is going to play. Which is crazy considering the depth at the position, but must mean the coaches are impressed with him. If they say he's ready, I say the answer is probably not him.

Who is your pick for leading rusher at Oklahoma State? Let us know below.