2014 Tiger Football Position-by-Position Preview: Running Backs
Part three in a ten part series previewing the 2014 St. Xavier Football Tigers: Running Backs
Taijon Smith 5-9, 170 Sr.
Chase Rowan 5-11, 167 Jr.
Wes Taylor 5-9, 160 Sr.
John Martinez 5-9, 160 Jr.
Jack Doherty 5-11, 205 Sr.
The running back position will be crucial to the success of the Tiger Football Offense. Smith and Rowan show signs of being capable of having break out seasons in 2014.
The two had great running backs to learn from as underclassmen in Charles Walker, Austin Davis and Treyveon Purcell, who carried almost all of the load in the running game in 2013. Rowan and Smith had carries in the majority of games which will help them with experience this season as they take the reigns. Rowan tore it up on the JV level which hopefully will help his transition be more smooth heading into his junior season and first full varsity year.
Houk has a great arm, but the success of the air attack will rely heavily on the success of the running attack. The Tigers must get a lot on the ground to help open the flood gates of the air-it-out offense Houk loves.
Keep your eyes on sophomore-to-be Blake Roshkowski. He has a Varsity ready build that has a lot of athleticism and a state title already under his belt as a member of the Tiger Lacrosse team this spring. He may be a nice change up to the running styles of Taijon and Chase.
Next up: Defensive Line