I have loved him ever since we got him.The speed is what everybody talks about but what excites me is the kid knows How!! to run he knows how to set up defenders he knows that cutbacks are devastating.I like Devway but IMO he doesnt have the tools Chase has…speed kills! and when you combine knowledge with it,your special!!
IMO, that’s what made/makes Alex Collins special - his quick feet and innate ability to sense when to cut back and when not to. That’s something you either have or you don’t have. Some of my favorite AC runs were where he made a man miss “in a phone booth” while running in goal-line/short yardage situations.
I haven’t seen young Hayden run enough yet to know if he has any of that, but I’m anxious to see him.
hear ya Wiz just look at his Sr highlights you will see what Im talking about and one of our players mentioned it the other day about you know Hayden is going to use the cutback on you,
Chase is quick and elusive and will be a great back but I think we are going to saddle up Devwah and see how far he can carry us. Injuries and fumbles can change the RB roatation overnight so it’s good to have the back RBs that we have at this time, ball protection is something CBB takes very seriously and doesn’t hesitate to sit someone down if margarine phalanges developes. WPS
yes totally agree about devwah,hes a fine back and much further along as far as knowing protections than Chase is… we have some very good backs and if our line is as good as we are hearing and these WRS are as good this offense could be lethal!!
It’ll be interesting to see whether David Williams or Chase winds up with more carries this year. David will play because of his pass pro ability (the area Chase said has been hardest to pick up), but Chase’s big-play potential may force the coaches’ hands a bit. That’s obviously a good thing.
One of my concerns this season was the pass pro ability of the young backs. Williams will be huge in that regard plus he appears to help the younger players. Big pick up.
Getting snaps in pass pro is different than getting carries. I bet Williams plays a bunch, but he may not get as many carries per snap as Chase Hayden. I know, if you get the ball every time you are in the game, it makes things predictable, but I bet I’m right on my prediction of the math.
Insiders, I’m curious given our short-yardage-offense issues, which back you think will get the carries on third and 1, fourth and 1.
I was very worried about our depth after RWIII retired. Devwah is great but there wasn’t much behind him except that Maleek Williams was a surprise in Spring. Now we have a much more solid Depth at RB than I could have ever dreamed, because we have Maleek and now David Williams AND Chase Hayden. I never expected Chase or David to pick things up this quickly. I never expected Chase’s quick cuts and speed to translate to college this year. Maleek Williams needs to consider a RS since David Williams is here for 1 year and they are similar in running style. I would keep Maleek engaged through the early part of the season in case someone gets injured.
Bret said today they’ll probably play Devwah, David and Chase with T.J. popping in there some once he’s healthy.
I was very worried about our depth after RWIII retired. Devwah is great but there wasn’t much behind him except that Maleek Williams was a surprise in Spring. Now we have a much more solid Depth at RB than I could have ever dreamed, because we have Maleek and now David Williams AND Chase Hayden. I never expected Chase or David to pick things up this quickly. I never expected Chase’s quick cuts and speed to translate to college this year. [color=#BF0000]Maleek Williams needs to consider a RS since David Williams is here for 1 year and they are similar in running style. [/color] I would keep Maleek engaged through the early part of the season in case someone gets injured.
[/quote]I would predict, if anything, an "unofficial’ redshirt; i.e., they don’t put him in games but don’t “officially” redshirt him so that he’s ready if injuries occur and he is needed. While we appear to have enough guys back there to breath a little easier than we did last spring when Raleigh went down, we’re only one injury away from needing someone else in the rotation.
In fact, that’s more likely than less likely, so I’m thinking they WON’T hold him back. I expect Maleek will get some carries early to “break him in” on the expectation that at some point during the season, one of our first 3 (projecting Devwah, D Will and Chase) will get nicked and may be out for a week or two. If that happens, having already gotten some game reps for Maleek will be important.
This is exactly why the NCAA is considering a new rule that will allow coaches to play new freshmen a few games of their first season (up to four, any time during the season) before deciding whether to redshirt them, or not. Too bad that rule isn’t already in existence - this would be a perfect application for it.
You nailed it!