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2023 Troy Preview: Running Backs

Despite the success of the 2022 season for the Troy Trojans, for most of the season the run-game was not one of their strengths. They ended the season ranked 11th in the Sun Belt in rushing with 115.8 yards per game. On the other hand, they were sixth in the conference with 21 rushing touchdowns. At the end of the day scoring points is the important part but going into 2023 Jon Sumrall would probably like to see more consistency from the run game.

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While overall Troy was 11th in the conference, running back Kimani Vidal finished up the season with some strong performances. In the last two regular season games he went over 200 yards against Louisiana Monroe and Arkansas State. In the 10 games before that he had one performance of over 100 yards in the Trojans 23-17 over Louisiana. Vidal finished third in the conference with 1,132 yards because of those late season performances. He could see more of a workload with DK Billingsley no longer with the program. Billingsley rushed for 670 yards last season and eight touchdowns. Vidal reached the endzone 10 times in 2022.

Who is number two?

As stated above, Vidal is the most experienced running back for the Trojans by a wide margin. The next top returning rusher is Damien Taylor. The sophomore rushed for 30 yards on just eight attempts last season. He did find the endzone last season. After Taylor, Jarris Williams had only four yards on two carries. The good news is that the Trojans did land a solid addition by way of the transfer portal. Asa Martin comes to Troy after spending the last three seasons with Memphis. In 2022, Martin rushed for 435 yards and seven touchdowns. He also showed he could be productive in the passing game. Martin caught 36 passes for 312 yards and one touchdown. He was highly touted coming out of high school when he committed to Auburn. This could be a chance to make a big difference on a solid program.

How do you think the Trojans run game will perform this season?