Aztec Football 2013 Season Outlook: Running Backs
The third installment of Mick McGrane's season outlook focuses on the running backs.
If the legacy of Ronnie Hillman was built to last, someone apparently forgot to get word to Adam Muema. In replacing Hillman, the school's third all-time leading rusher, Muema last season earned second-team All-Mountain West honors after leading the league in yards per carry (6.42, minimum 1,250 rushing yards) while finishing with 1,458 yards (No. 4 among MW running backs) and 16 rushing touchdowns (No. 2).
Among the national leaders, Muema (5-10, 205) ranked 18th in rushing yards per game (112.2). In SDSU's Poinsettia Bowl matchup against Brigham Young, he topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the seventh time in 2012. His 255-yard performance in Week 11 against Wyoming ranks as the fourth-highest single-game total in MW history.
Muema is one of only nine players in SDSU history with at least two, 200-yard games. As a receiver, he caught just nine passes last season, but averaged 16.3 yards per catch, the second-highest average on the team.
"I've always had really good tailbacks, guys who have rushed for over 1,000 yards," Toledo said. "If he stays healthy, he'll rush for over 1,000 yards again this year. But I think the thing you're going to see this year is that he'll get more touches in the passing game. He's going to have more opportunities to catch the football."
At fullback, senior Chad Young (5-10, 230) remains the irresistible force bent on destroying the immovable object.
"I'll tell you what, if you look at recruiting, or you're a pro scout drafting, there are no fullbacks," Toledo said. "You can't find fullbacks anymore. With everybody going to the spread (offense), teams have gotten away from using (fullbacks). I love Chad. He'll block, he'll catch the ball, he can run with the ball....he just does everything that you want a player to do."
Tomorrow: The wide receivers