After the look into the quarterback depth at the Brisbane Outlaws last week, we now move over to the running back core to see what type of schemes head coach Michael Torres might run this season.
First impressions have Torres positioning the team to be pass heavy. With only the two running back signed to the completed roster, are we going to see a spread scheme that will open holes for two small, dynamic backs to explode through?
Here are our rankings on how we see the depth chart falling in a very even contest at the running back position.
2Theron Allen Jr. – Running back #22
College/Club: Missouri Valley College, Bethany College
“Junior” Allen started his football career at Western High School in Davie, Florida.
Despite his smaller size, Allen excelled in high school rushing for 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior.
He had a great season in his senior high school year, rushing for over 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Allen got offers to attend Notre Dame but turned the offer down to instead attend Missouri Valley College.
In 2008 after his red shirt season, Allen became a First-Team All American punt returner, First-Team All-Conference punt returner and First-Team All-Conference kick returner.
After a family tragedy Allen hung up the boots for a year and returned to play for Bethany College.
During his first season at Bethany Allen led the NAIA season in rushing. He rushed for 1432 yards and 16 Td’s and broke 6 school records.
Allen’s second season was equally impressive as his first where he won the honours of being First Team All-Conference running back and KCAC Offensive player of the year.
Allen was released from his scholarship at Bethany College and completed his senior year at Faulkner University. Playing in 6 games strictly on return duties and racking up 777 yards and 5 touchdowns.
After college Allen joining the Indoor Football League (IFL) team Billings Wolves, and from there has been signed on for the inaugural season of the NGL with the Brisbane Outlaws.
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Junior Allen final assessment
It is a real hard one to judge Junior Allen’s college career. He excelled in NAIA competition and again in the Indoor Football League but lacks the tape of top-level college competition. In saying that, you can’t teach speed, and Allen has it in spades.
Coach Torres is blessed for choice when it comes to lightning fast elusive backs. It is only Rouse’s division one experience that slips him up the depth chat, but we are picking hairs to separate these two.
1Robert Rouse – Running back #33
College/Club: Fresno State University
“Robbie” Rouse played his college football for Fresno State University a NCAA Division I FBS college and a member of the Mountain West Conference. He played as a running back from 2009 to 2012.
Finished his career as Fresno state’s all-time leading rusher with 4,882 career yards.
In 2011 Rouse made first-team All-WAC selection after ranking seventh nationally in total rushing yards with 1,549 yards.
In 2012 in his senior year he made first-team All-mountain west selection tying the Mountain west record with nine 100+ yard games in a season, and second in All-mountain west in all-purpose yards per game with 148.1 average.
Rouse was not drafted in the 2013 NFL draft; however, he was picked up as a free agent by the Cleveland Browns soon after.
After spending some time in the Browns rookie mini-camp, he was released and went to Canadian Football League (CFL) team the Edmonton Eskimos.
In 2015 Rouse joined the Indoor Football League with the Nebraska Danger playing in two games before going to the Iowa Barnstormers.
In the IFL Rouse totaled 170 Carries, 413 yards and 11 Touchdowns.
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Robbie Rouse final assessment
You don’t become the all-time leader for rushing in a college program like Fresno State’s for nothing. Rouse is dynamic off the cut, and with his stature can hide and be patient for holes to appear.
His experience at the Division 1 level etched him passed Junior Allen, but with only two running backs, more than likely we are going to see similar game time for both players.