Running backs are swift, powerful, and have the ability to make defensive players miss tackles. On any level of football, a running back must be versatile. He must be able to catch passes out the backfield and also pick up the blitz to protect his quarterback.
This week, TexasHsfootball.com will construct the ultimate running back using attributes from different players similar to building a player on Madden Football.
1. Speed and Power:
Ricky Williams (University of Texas)
Ricky Williams was the perfect combination of speed and power at the running back position. At 5-10 and 230 pounds, he was extremely difficult tackle. While at Texas, Williams was known as the “Texas Tornado” because he always had the speed to go the distance. During his time at Texas, Williams rushed for 200 yards or more in twelve games and won the Heisman Trophy in 1998.
Adrian Peterson (Palestine High School, University of Oklahoma, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints)
Adrian Peterson starts the game strong and is one of the best finishers in football history. At Palestine High School, Peterson was a three sport athlete (football, basketball, and track). His father nicknamed him A.D. “All Day” , because Adrian had the ability to run and get stronger as the game went on. In 2004, Peterson finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Jonathan Gray (Aledo High School, University Of Texas)
Jonathan Gray was a Texas high school legend during his career at Aledo High School. Gray could make the tough yards and go to distance from anywhere on the field. While at Aledo, Gray was a USA Today High School ALL –American, Parade All-American, Mr. Texas Football, Two-Time Mr. Football USA, and Gatorade Player of the Year.
During his high school career, Gray scored 205 touchdowns, which is a national record in high school football. In the 2010 season, Jonathan had 59 rushing touchdowns. His versatile running style helped Aledo win three straight state stiles during his career.
The ultimate running back has to be versatile, possess speed and power and have the endurance to carry a football team. A great running back must break tackles and be able to go 90 yards to the end zone on any play. Texas has always produced great running backs, and our Ultimate Back is proof that the Lone Star State is a cut above the rest.
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