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FOOTBALL PREVIEW - Running backs

by Chris Conley

EVERYTHING EVERGREENS (FOX SPORTS WAUSAU-WSAU) Running back should be a position of strength for this year's D.C. Everest football team. The Evergreens have two backs coming back from last season who got many touches at the varsity level, and, in their senior year, should be ready to take a step forward.

There were several times last season when leading rusher Wyatt Brown was dinged in-game. He was on the field for each of Everest's 10 games, but he'd sometimes sit for several series and other backs would carry the load. Both were effective. Nathan Reedy is a big and powerful back -- he'll probably have grown to at least 6' and 200 pounds for the start of fall practice. He'll be a big load for any defense to bring down, and he got lots of game experience last year. Andrew Miller was also having his number called more frequently during the end of last season. He's not quite as big as Reedy, but may be more athletic. Both were sure handed, power-runners who were able to get tough yardage between the tackles and will probably be a bigger part of the offense next season. And the Evergreens will have some big bodies on their offensive line to provide the blocking.

What are the missing pieces? Not many. You'd like to see more get-the-corner type speed... but the Evergreens have that. You'd like to see an even-bigger fullback... I could see one of the team's beefy linemen begin put into that roll as the season begins.

With quarterback being an unknown, being able to run the ball will be important. And it shouldn't be a problem this year.

Chris Conley