In the old days, Army had a really good football team. Their best years were at the end of World War II when they won three national championhips.
They had a Halfback named Glen Davis that was nicknamed Mr Outside. Their Fullback was Doc Blanchard and he was called Mr Inside, obviously.
Blanchard won the Heisman Trophy in 1945 and Davis won it in 1946.
The game of football has changed dramatically since those years. Most teams today don’t even use a Fullback and go with a single back with the Quarterback in shotgun formation.
The Tennessee Volunteers have a couple of excellent Running Backs that just might work with the Mr Inside and Mr Outside nicknames.
Jalen Hurd would be Mr Inside and the real star of the two. Hurd was a highly recruited 4 star Running Back out of Hendersonville, Tennessee. The ESPN recruiting rankings had him as the 8th best Running Back in the 2014 recruiting class.
Hurd started from day one in 2014 and he ran for 899 yards as a true freshman. Last year, as a sophomore, Hurd cranked it up to 1,288 yards. Hurd is around 6-4, 240 and runs in a way that draws comparisons to former Ohio State Heisman winner Eddie George. All Hurd has to do as a junior is to run for more than 900 yards to break the Tennessee career rushing mark set by Travis Henry.
Hurd will play one more season of college football and more than likely will hold the Tennessee all time rushing record. Time will tell if he holds an SEC championship, which should be more important.
Norcross, Georgia puts out a lot of college football recruits on a yearly basis. Alvin Kamara was one of those recruits back in the 2013 recruiting class.
He decided to sign with Alabama even though the nation’s all time leading high school rusher, Derrick Henry also signed with the Crimson Tide.
With TJ Yeldon, Henry and Kenyan Drake in the mix, the writing must have been on the wall for Kamara.
He did redshirt at Alabama and then transferred to Hutchinson Junior College in Kansas. After having a big season in the JC ranks, Kamara opted to sign with the Tennessee Volunteers in the 2015 recruiting class.
He was the 2nd ranked JC Running Back in the country.
Alvin Kamara is a totally different type of Running Back than Jalen Hurd. He is only 5-10, but
probably plays at around 215 pounds.
He is a total speed guy and a good change of pace from Hurd for the Volunteers’ offense.
However, as much as they are a change of pace, Hurd is fast enough to run outside and Kamara is big enough to run inside.
In 2015, Kamara ran for 698 yards and 7 Touchdowns.
Heading into the 2016 season, Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara are one of the better 1-2 punches at Running Back on any team in the country.
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has recruited incredibly well and it’s about time that translates into some championships.