Rest of the Cincinnati Rushing Attack
Behind Warren, Cincinnati returns two other accomplished running backs in sophomores Tavion Thomas and Charles McClelland, who together ran for nearly 1,000 yards along with 10 touchdowns in the 2018 campaign. The Bearcats also celebrate the return of Gerrid Doaks, who in 2017 led the team with 513 rushing yards, and will look to return to form in the 2019 season.
Thomas (6’2, 234) is the traditional power back, thriving in short-yardage and goalline situations where his size is difficult to contain. Like Warren, he also possesses excellent vision and solid quickness for a player is size, and is deceptively fast in the open field. Look for Cincinnati to rely on Thomas in short-yardage situations, or to give Warren a change of pace.
Lastly, do not discount the running ability of quarterback Desmond Ridder. As I mentioned in my previous post, Ridder possesses excellent mobility, running for 572 yards and five touchdowns in 2018. He has enough speed to beat defenders to the edge on broken plays, and make him a terror to contain in the zone-read game, forcing defenses to choose to contain the excellent stable of Bearcat running backs or contain Ridder. Rarely in 2018 were they able to contain both.