Is tailback Stephen Carr finally out of the doghouse?
“I really see a healthy Stephen Carr for the first time in a while,” Clay Helton said Monday after a nice run. “To see that burst back and that lack of hesitation, with a litlte more confidence, that was great to see.”
Carr has entertained thoughts of transferring in the past and is trying to find a role in a crowded backfield. Even when he was healthy last year, Helton tended to keep him on the sideline.
But the other backs want bigger roles too: Vavae Malepeai wants more carries after playing behind Aca’Cedric Ware last season; Markese Stepp showed enough at the end of the season to expect a real role and freshman Kenan Christon is the fastest back on the roster.
In the past, Helton’s done a poor job rotating and keeping the backs happy. He now has Mike Jinks as the running backs job, which is a better fit than Tim Drevno, who is an offensive line coach.
The wild-card is Carr. He is the best all-around back and might show it like he did in 2017. Unless Helton decides to mess things up.