August 23, 2007

A&M rushing duo top crowded backfield

Thunder and lightning is an overused clich in sports today when talking about running back tandems. Every season you hear, and most every time you roll your eyes. It usually never works like it's planned. That's usually because "thunder" is most often a fullback who doesn't get the carries to significantly matter in the purest form of the phrase.

Texas A&M, however, is one of the few that tandems that has the numbers to back it up with 6-foot-, 268-pound junior Jorvorskie Lane and 6-foot, 206-pound sophomore Mike Goodson. Lane definitely provides the thunder in this duo with his punished runs up the middle. Goodson is the excitement of lightning with his quick darts in and out or traffic and ability to hit an extra gear in the open field.

Thunder and lightning aren't the only elements in the storm that is A&M's running game. Tailbacks Keondra Smith and Cornell Tarrant are more than adequate backups while fullback Chris Alexander brings the rain in this storm with his punishing blocks and solid play with the ball in his hands out of the backfield as an extra option.

"In '98 I had Basil Mitchell and LaDanian Tomlinson, and they were pretty good. LaDanian wasn't quite the LaDanian as he was as a junior and senior yet. Bazell was drafted by Green Bay, so that was a pretty comparable backfield," said A&M head coach Dennis Franchione.

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