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Florida’s running backs not only are a strength of the team this season, but the unit has the potential to be one of the Gators’ most productive backfields in recent history.
Florida returns promising sophomore Adarius Lemons, junior Lamical Perine and redshirt junior Jordan Scarlett, who is back in the starting lineup after missing all of last season due to suspension.
The Gators also boast a pair of 4-star freshmen in Iverson Clement and Dameon Pierce, who topped Herschel Walker’s career rushing numbers in high school.
The only question marks with Florida’s running backs are how the carries will be split and the health of sophomore Malik Davis, who rushed for 526 yards in seven games last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
In the latest edition of Chomp Chat, we discuss Florida’s personnel and potential at running back for first-year coach Dan Mullen.
Here are the topics on the show Wednesday:
- Scarlett rushed for 889 yards in 2016 and was expected to have a 1,000-yard season last fall. If Scarlett can hit the mark this season he would become just the 10th player in school history to do so and boost Florida’s production at the position.
- Perine rushed for 562 yards last season and Lemons showed flashes as a freshman after Davis’ injury, averaging 7.2 yards per carry on 19 touches. Both backs will build on those numbers in 2018.
- Clement and Pierce are talented enough to see the field as freshmen, though the Gators may elect to redshirt one due to their depth. The return of Davis also could limit carries for Clement or Pierce, but it’s a good problem for Mullen to have.
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