Thursday, May 5, 2011
Aggies should be set at running back
By David Ubben
Texas A&M already has the Big 12's best duo of backs, and perhaps the best in the nation.
Over the past two seasons, Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray have combined for 3,365 rushing yards.
Yet both will return in 2011.
Gray will be a senior. Michael will be a junior with the option to bolt to the NFL after the season, depending on how 2011 plays out.
But after they leave, the Aggies should still be set for awhile, even more so after receiving a commitment on Wednesday from the player some consider the best running back in Louisiana.
Ben Malena, a sophomore, had a strong spring behind Gray and Michael. Former four-star Colorado native Mister Jones, when he's not collecting compliments on his name, is developing as well.
With its stellar 2011 recruiting class, Texas A&M is making sure that line of backs gets even deeper.
Trey Williams, a Houston native among the top running backs in the nation, committed to the Aggies last month. And Wednesday, Davante Borque followed suit. The Louisiana native ran for 2,326 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior last season, and had offers from LSU, Tennessee and Arkansas.
The Aggies missed out on another one of the top backs in the nation, Texas commit Johnathan Gray, but Williams was already in the fold for the 2012 class before Gray made his decision.
Michael missed the second half of the season with a broken leg, but Gray proved last season he's gotten a lot better since stepping foot on campus.
If that continues, Texas A&M's powerful, explosive running game won't stop being either for a long, long time.