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2021 Spring Preview: Running Back

2021 Spring Preview: Running Back

Matthew_Suero
Offseason Additions: None

Offseason Departures: Robert Burns (transferred)



Despite the transfer of Robert Burns, Miami returns nearly all of its running back production from the 2020 season. The three-headed backfield of Cam Harris, Don Chaney, and Jaylan Knighton combined for 1,174 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground last season. This is in large part due to Harris returning to the team for his 4th season, something the starting Miami running backs had not done in recent years.

Harris is the veteran and the leader of the group so he will likely start the spring as the top running back on the depth chart. Harris’s 643 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground made him Miami’s most productive running back in 2020 by far and he will look to hold onto his spot this spring so he can follow up on that performance in 2021.

Following Harris on the depth chart is Don Chaney and Jaylan Knighton as 2A and 2B. The two second-year players showed flashes as first-year contributors but will look to use their first full spring as a way to become more consistent as runners. Don Chaney finished 2020 with 322 yards and three touchdowns to Knighton’s 209 yards and one touchdown. This discrepancy in production is partially due to Knighton’s late-season injury, but he will be a full go when practice gets underway Monday.

The Canes added two 4-star backs in the 2021 class in Thad Franklin and Cody Brown, although they will not hit campus until the summer.


Bottom Line

Miami returns nearly all of their running back production from 2020 and with the maturation of two young players, Eric Hickson’s room could take a step forward this spring. One storyline to watch is if the duo of Chaney and Knighton becomes consistent enough to challenge Harris’ starting spot or if the 4th year back will retain his position atop the depth chart. With only three scholarship running backs on campus, this spring will provide plenty of first-team reps to both Chaney and Knighton to show how they have improved since we last saw them.
 

Comments (14)

Outside of the S room the RB room is our strongest and deepest position. I think Chaney will take over starter minutes from Harris by midway of the 2021 season. We should use Knighton out of the back field in screens, outside zone runs and wheel routes. His speed on the outside, coupled with Chaney/Harris inside will form a formidable rushing attack. And that’s before we get Thad and Cody on campus. We have an abundance of riches when it comes to the RB room
 
Outside of the S room the RB room is our strongest and deepest position. I think Chaney will take over starter minutes from Harris by midway of the 2021 season. We should use Knighton out of the back field in screens, outside zone runs and wheel routes. His speed on the outside, coupled with Chaney/Harris inside will form a formidable rushing attack. And that’s before we get Thad and Cody on campus. We have an abundance of riches when it comes to the RB room
Blah blah blah.....Cam is the starter and will be the starter the entire season cause he is the best most complete the back on the roster.
 
Embarrassment of riches in the RB room. Just need to get better in short yardage situations and this room is as dynamic as any.
 
Matthew Suero another one served. This group is going to eat very well even the freshman.

The Canes added two 4-star backs in the 2021 class in Thad Franklin and Cody Brown, although they will not hit campus until the summer.
 
They should run some wildcat to help use all these rb's.
 
Blah blah blah.....Cam is the starter and will be the starter the entire season cause he is the best most complete the back on the roster.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion mate. Just don’t see Harris fighting off. Chaney and Knighton the entirety of the upcoming season. In my book Chaney is the more complete RB and will cement his place as the starter before mid-season. Don’t get me wrong - Cam’Ron is a good back but it’s just that; he’s good, not great. The abilities of the two behind him will eat into his playing time. Guess we’ll see
 
Spring preview aside, fellas.....3 RBs for spring and 2 RBs arriving in the summer. All Top 10 RBs in their respective classes, all in the Top 300 players in their respective classes. We get this across the board (working on it at Safety) and we'll be ready for the playoffs.
 

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