Position breakdown: Running back 

February, 12, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Like the quarterback position, there are plenty of options for Texas at running back in 2013.

And, as it is at quarterback, there is also a clear top option, Johnathan Gray. Not only is the rising sophomore the leading returning rusher (701 yards), but with the switch to the spread offense, he presents Texas with a more tools than the other two possible starting running backs, Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown.

Gray has plant-and-go ability that is superior to the other possible every-down backs. That means he can be utilized as a big-play threat in many more scenarios than Brown and Bergeron. He also works in space better than the other two backs. And given that the spread offense not only spreads the offense but the defense as well. It’s only natural that play-caller Major Applewhite is going to tinker with a variety of ways to get Gray the ball this spring.

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