SDSU’s running backs are a force to be reckoned with and they are definitely on the Utes radar when it comes to preparing for this Saturday’s matchup against the Aztecs.
Currently, the Aztecs rank #4 nationally in rushing offense and they are doing it with a group of very productive runners. Jaylon Armstead averages 12.9 yards per carry, Jordan Byrd averages 11.4, and both Kenan Christon and Cam Davis each average 4.5 yards per carry.
Aztecs Head Coach Brady Hoke had nothing but good things to say about his running backs.
“We have pretty good backs. They’re all very prideful. It’s something we have to count on. We’ve got to ride those guys as much as we can … There’s a difference in all of them.”
Aztec running backs coach Jeff Horton has his backs ready to go. Running back Jordan Byrd made some huge plays last week against Idaho and SDSU will be looking for him to repeat that kind of performance on Saturday.
“He really had an edge to him last week. He came out really determined and focused,” Horton stated.
Byrd’s impression wasn’t just felt on the offensive side of the ball. He was also an integral part of SDSU’s special teams unit, including the punting team.
“He downed 3 punts on the 1-yard line,” said Horton. “Being an offensive guy, it’s hard to go 99-yards very many times,” he continued.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham says he’s getting ready for a similar team he saw last year.
“More similarities than differences, particularly schematically. Shotgun, spread attack, a stable of backs,” Whittingham said. “They’re athletic. They did lose a couple of good O-linemen from last year. They had to replace them. They do a good job. Brady Hoke does a great job with recruiting. We’ll have our hands full.”
This week the team knows they will need every weapon in their arsenal if they want to beat the Utes. Even though SDSU beat Utah 33-31 in triple overtime last season, the Aztecs are 21-point underdogs as they head into Salt Lake City.
But, the Aztecs aren’t listening to it. Instead, they are taking advice from the ancient philosopher, scoundrel, hero, and captain of the Millennium Falcon - Han Solo.
“Never tell me the odds.”
Listen to running back coach Jeff Horton discuss SDSU’s run game and this week’s matchup against Utah HERE!
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