It’s certainly a problem any Division 1 head football coach would be eager to have.
Mark Helfrich and his No. 3 Oregon Ducks find themselves with three extremely talented running backs in the backfield – all capable of starting and having a huge impact on the 2014 season.
On Tuesday after the teams workout in full pads, Helfrich discussed his wealth of riches at tailback and how he’ll choose the starter at that position.
“We have three starting running backs and that’s a good thing,” Helfrich explained.
“All those guys roles will kind of, …whether through attrition or a guy having a different set of strengths than another guy,… that stuff sorts it out as the year develops. I think a tribute to them is that these last two practices after all that was laid out,… all three have practiced great.”
Of course Helfrich is talking about junior Byron Marshall, sophomore Thomas Tyner and true freshman Royce Freeman – all who are expected to get an extensive amount of touches beginning this Saturday in Autzen Stadium when the Ducks take on South Dakota.
“They are absolutely on board with it” said Helfrich when asked if he’s received any push back from the trio of backs.
“The quote – unquote veterans,…our young veterans have been helping Royce,…and vice versa and so it’s a good situation.”
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