Football Camp Report #3: The Running Backs

Darryl Whiting

Aug. 19, 2011

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In our third installment of the 2011 Fordham University football camp we'll take a look at the running back situation.

Senior Darryl Whiting leads a group of five quality running backs into action for the Rams in 2011. Last year, Whiting led the Fordham squad in rushing, gaining 771 rushing yards on 169 carries (4.6 yards/rush) with a team-best eight touchdowns. He ranked second in the Patriot League in rushing yards per game (77.1) and 43rd in the NCAA FCS. Whiting was also eighth in the Patriot League in total offense and ranked third in the League in scoring (touchdowns) at 4.8 points/game and sixth overall in scoring. He set career highs with 38 carries for 251 yards and two touchdowns (both two yards) in the win over Georgetown. The 251 yards was the third most in a game all-time for the Rams. Whiting followed the Georgetown game by gaining 171 yards on 38 carries with two scores (one and 30 yards) in the win at Bucknell. He also had one other 100-yard rushing game last fall, gaining 108 yards on 29 rushes with one touchdown (seven yards) in the Lafayette victory.

Also looking for carries in the offensive backfield in 2011 will be junior Carlton Koonce, senior Jamir Livingston, junior Langston Lacroix and freshman Jeramie Brown. Rams fans may also see last year's quarterback Blake Wayne, who was moved to wide receiver this year, occasionally line up in the backfield. Last year, Wayne rushed 109 times for 458 yards (4.2 yards/carry) with four scores. He became the first quarterback in school history to rush for more than 100 yards in a game when he gained 108 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown (11 yards) at Holy Cross.

Last year, Koonce appeared in all eleven games as a sophomore for the Rams after transferring from Hofstra. He rushed 38 times for 148 yards (3.9 yards/carry) with two touchdowns, ranking fourth on the team in rushing. Koonce gained a season-high 63 yards on eleven carries in the win over Georgetown and rushed eight times for 29 yards and one touchdown (six yards) at Holy Cross.

Carlton Koonce

Livingston appeared in all eleven games for the Rams as a junior, both in the offensive backfield and on special teams. He carried the ball six times for 20 yards (3.3 yards/carry). Livingston also showed his versatility, returning five kickoffs for 84 yards (16.8 yards/return).

Lacroix, who is rehabbing from an off season injury, appeared in six games as a sophomore for the Rams in 2010, mostly on special teams. He also appeared with the junior varsity, gaining 46 yards on 13 carries against the Princeton JV and rushing 13 times for 42 yards in a JV game at Army.

Brown, a product of L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas, rushed for 974 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior last fall and served as a team captain. He was also a member of the school-record setting 4x200 relay.

Camp Notes
- The Rams will hold their second scrimmage of the camp tomorrow (Saturday) at 2:00 p.m. on Jack Coffey Field.

- The scrimmage will play a role in deciding on the starting quarterback for 2011. Junior Ryan Higgins, who started the last four games in 2010, sophomore Griffin Murphy and freshman Peter Maetzold seem to be fighting for the spot.

- The Rams almost got out of running sprints at the end of practice today but a 45-yard field goal attempt from Patrick Murray hit the right upright.

- Practice was suspended for a while last night due to lightening. The Rams ended up finishing the session in the Lombardi Center Fieldhouse.

- Former NFL tight end Christian Fauria, who won Super Bowl rings in 2004 and 2005 with the New England Patriots, attended practice on Thursday night. He will serve as an analyst for the ESPN broadcast of the UConn game on September 1st. The game will be carried live on ESPN3.

- Beside Wayne, a number of other players are adjusting to new positions during camp: Isaiah Leake (from linebacker to tight end/full back); Kevin Scanlon (defensive line to tight end); James Avedesian (quarterback to wide receiver), Daniel Avedesian (linebacker to tight end) and Anthony Lubischer (defensive line to tight end),