by Justin Karp, Host of Sun Devil Power Hour on The Fan AM 1060.
Without any shadow of a doubt, the strongest unit for the Sun Devils coming into the 2007 season is the backfield.
Over the past five seasons, the running back position had been systematically devalued as former head coach Dirk Koetter heavily leaned on the passing game. As a result, before last season, ASU lacked a marquee, standout running back for several seasons.
All of that changed in 2006 with the emergence of Ryan Torain, a JuCo transfer from Butler Community College in Kansas. Thanks to several outstanding performances throughout the season and struggles within the Sun Devils passing game, Torain became ASU’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2001 and had the most rushing yards in a single season for ASU since 1975.
In this edition of my 2007 season preview, I’ll spotlight the four most notable ASU running backs.