Versatile running backs power UConn, Tulane offenses
With Newsome leading the way UConn tops all American Athletic Conference teams in catches and receiving yards by running backs (the 46 catches and 468 yards rank 11th among all FBS teams). So which AAC team is next when it comes to utilizing backs in the passing game? Tulane, of course.
The Green Wave have 43 catches for 371 yards ranking in the top 20 nationally in both categories.
Ohio State 736 Virginia 77
Virginia 683 Washington State 74
S. Mississippi 649 Ohio State 68
Stanford 593 S. Mississippi 61
Georgia Tech 537 C. Michigan 55
San Diego St. 534 Northwestern 53
Syracuse 514 FIU 52
Northwestern 502 E. Michigan 51
Washington St. 482 UMass 47
San Jose St. 477 Syracuse 47
UConn 468 UConn 46Texas Tech 448 San Jose St. 44
Ohio 425 Wisconsin 43
FIU 412 Tulane 43
LOFTY PRAISE FOR JONES
There have been plenty of stories written over the last two or two about Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli saying that he can't remember a defensive back playing as well as a rookie as former UConn star Byron Jones has been playing for the Cowboys this season.
It is not uncommon for coaches to pump up their own players but still it should be noted that Marinelli was on the defensive coaching staff of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Ronde Barber came into the league (John Lynch was going into his fourth season by the time Marinelli arrived) so he knows a thing or two about impressive rookie defensive backs.
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