April 30, 2007

Running back to the top

The running back position is the group that had the most promise for the Orange coming into this season and has suffered the most devastating setbacks.

On a team that struggled at times offensively last season, the running backs were a consistent bright spot. The Orange developed the one-two punch of Delone Carter and Curtis Brinkley. The 214-pound Carter proved to be a workhorse of a back with breakaway speed while the slightly smaller Brinkley was a consistent and reliable runner.

The duo combined for 1,284 yards last season and six touchdowns. Although there were more than a few question marks coming into this fall for the Orange, the combination of sophomore Delone Carter and junior Curtis Brinkley did not seem to be one of them.

That all changed this spring when the Orange backfield was devastated with injuries. Carter suffered a hip injury in a spring practice which required surgery that will sideline him for the entire 2007 season.

"It's a serious injury," Coach Robinson said of his feature back. "Realistically I think we have to believe that Delone will not be playing this fall."

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