Briles plans on RB rotation to keep attack fresh for playoff run
One of the great differences between recent Baylor football teams under Art Briles and that ones that used to get routinely squashed by their Big 12 brethren is the Bears' depth.
They're famous for their wide receivers, but Briles has assembled quite a lineage of running backs as well. Senior Shock Linwood is seeking a second consecutive 1,000-yard season, but if he doesn't get it, it might not be his fault. Briles plans to use a rotation system to get his trio of backs on the field so that each stays fresh through a grueling season that Baylor believes will end in the College Football Playoff.
Joining Linwood, who had 1,252 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, is Terence Williams and Devin Chafin. The group, along with quarterback Seth Rusell, ripped off a 300-yard rushing performance in Baylor's season-opening 56-21 win against SMU. None of the backs carried more than 12 times, and each had no more than 70 yards.
"It's hard for those guys to go a season," Briles said during his Monday press conference. "Hopefully we'll make it. We think we've got three guys who can really do a lot for us. Our main objective right now is to keep them healthy. So we'll try to limit carries throughout games when we can, because down the stretch we're going to have to have those guys healthy and able to bang it up in there and make some quality yards for us in critical situations. Those guys are all good."
(h/t Dallas Morning News)