2013 Preview: Depth Key at Tailback

B.J. Catalon

B.J. Catalon

Aug. 7, 2013


FORT WORTH, Texas -- GoFrogs.com continues its preview of the 2013 TCU football team with a look at the running backs.

In addition to leading rusher B.J. Catalon (5-9, 190, So.), the running back position in 2013 will feature a return to action for Waymon James (5-8, 203, Sr.) and Aaron Green (5-11, 200, So.).

Catalon and James appear on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, presented to the nation's top running back. TCU is one of just nine schools with more than one player on the list.

With 582 yards last season, Catalon became the first true freshman to top TCU in rushing since Lonta Hobbs in 2002. Catalon had the highest rushing total by a Horned Frog true freshman since Aaron Brown ran for 758 yards in 2005.

James led TCU in rushing in 2011 with 875 yards on a 7.2 per carry average. His 2012 campaign was cut short due to a season-ending injury in week two at Kansas. At the time, James had rushed for a team-best 168 yards with a 9.9 per carry mark.

James' career average of 6.9 yards per attempt ranks first in TCU history.

As a redshirt freshman, James picked up the key first down in the final minute that enabled TCU to run out the clock and seal its 2011 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin.

Green was a Parade All-American and 5-star running back at San Antonio Madison High School. After playing as a true freshman at Nebraska, he sat out last season at TCU per NCAA transfer rules.

Green ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns for the Cornhuskers in 2011.

Jordan Moore (6-3, 221, So.) also figures into the mix at tailback. A prized recruit out of Lithonia, Ga., Moore saw action on special teams as a true freshman last season. He was also at safety and linebacker before being moved to offense during bowl game preparations.

True freshmen Kyle Hicks (5-10, 190, Fr.) and Trevorris Johnson (5-11, 221, Fr.) will push for immediate playing time.

BY THE NUMBERS:

1 - Former TCU tailbacks (Matthew Tucker, Philadelphia Eagles) active in the NFL

6.9 - Career yards per carry mark by Waymon James to rank first in TCU history

9 - Number of schools nationally, including TCU (B.J. Catalon, Waymon James), with more than one player on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award

13.69 - Jordan Moore's time in the 110-meter hurdles as a senior for Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Lithonia, Ga.

406 - Rushing yards by TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson against UTEP in 1999 to set an NCAA single-game record that still stands


 

 


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