Turning the Corner
This year has some actual hope at the running back position. Seattle went out and drafted Rashaad Penny from San Diego State. So far this preseason, before his little injury, he showed some talent. He’s a strong bruising back that likes to run over people which is something the12th man has seen very little since Beast Mode left town.
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At San Diego State, he racked up the yards in his junior and senior season rushing for 1018 and 2248 respectively. His senior campaign won him the yards title besting the highly coveted Stanford back Bryce Love. OK, its San Diego State, who plays in the Mountain West Conference where Boise State is their only worthy opponent, but 2248 yards is 2248 yards. There is a reason to be enthusiastic as to what he might do for the Seahawks this year. Especially behind their extremely improved offensive line.
Chris Carson and Mike Davis have shown signs of being able to carry the rock as well. Carson only played in four games last year and started in three before he got hurt. He rushed for 208 yards in 49 attempts which gave him 4.2 average yards-per-carry.
It’s a small sample size but if he can continue that average this season, it would mean all the world to Russell Wilson and the Hawks passing game. Who knows? Maybe he’ll be better than even that given that he’s had the season to heal up, and the offseason to work on his craft.
When Carson was injured, Davis and McKissic tried their best to carry the load. Davis showed that on any given day, he could be lethal. However, those days were few and far between. McKissic had one of the two rushing touchdowns last year from a player not named Russell Wilson. Jalston Fowler was the other running back. That alone was a plus towards McKissic being possibly a viable backup for the team in a sad sort of a sad way. Unfortunately, McKissic was placed on the injured reserve list, so he won’t be able to contribute this season.
We’ve had great times watching the running back position and some very lean times. Hopefully, with the new and improved offensive line, there will be more holes for Seahawks running backs to get through. Hopefully, Carson can stay healthy and build on a good but small sample size. Hopefully, Penny can be the man they think he can beThere’ses a lot of “hopefully” on this team. Time to make those “hopefully’s” into realities.