Running Back Production in Justin Fuente’s Offense, and the Impact on Recruiting

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Jalen Holston was a 4-star recruit who could play a big role in 2018. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

In last Friday’s Q&A, there was a question about how important running back production is to Virginia Tech’s future success.  I said on Friday that I was going to turn the subject into a full article this week, so that’s what we’re going to do today.

Justin Fuente has been a head coach or a co-offensive coordinator for the last nine seasons at the FBS level.

2009–2011: TCU Co-OC/QB Coach
2012–2015: Memphis HC
2016–2017: Virginia Tech HC

We’re going to take the running back production in all nine of those seasons and see if we can draw any conclusions.

First, I’ll just hit you with the basic numbers.  I added up the numbers from the running backs in Fuente’s offenses from 2009 through 2017, not counting garbage time running backs who got 10-20 carries per season.  Let’s see if there are any trends that we can take away.

2009, TCU: 353 carries, 2068 yards, 5.86 ypc
2010, TCU: 401 carries, 2304 yards, 5.74 ypc
2011, TCU: 364 carries, 2303 yards, 6.33 ypc
2012, Memphis: 328 carries, 1402 yards, 4.27 ypc