2015 Big 12 Position Rankings – Running Backs

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No. 6: West Virginia

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With the departure of Clint Trickett, Coach Holgorsen will likely be forced to rely more on the rushing attack in Morgantown. The team’s top two performers at running back return, and they also bring in Donte Thomas-Williams, a redshirt freshman who had a 3/4 star rating coming out of high school, and adds some much needed size to the Mountaineer rushing attack. Both Rushel Shell and Smallwood finished the 2014 season at numbers five and seven, respectively among Big 12 running backs (total rushing yards). The problem is that neither of them were great in terms of yards-per-carry. What they both do exceptionally well though, is catch the football out of the backfield, which is a huge asset in the West Virginia offense.