Nov 10, 2012; Lubbock, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back James Sims (29) rushes against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half at Jones AT

Kansas Football: Previewing Running Backs

As one of the more well stocked units on the roster, the Kansas Jayhawks have numerous different running backs who are  playmakers on the roster. It all begins with senior James Sims, and Tony Pierson. Brandon Bourbon, Taylor Cox and Darrien Miller are both willing players who will battle for the number three spot, while Ed Fink is a guy who has experience on the team. Then a trio of freshman enter the mix with Michael Whitfield, Colin Spencer and Preston Randall on the team.

Sims was named first team All-Big 12 by numerous publications including and CBS Sports. The running back rushed for 1,013 yards and a team high nine touchdowns last year. He missed the first two games of the season due to breaking team rules though came back with a fury.

Pierson stepped up last season, adding another viable threat at the running back position. He averaged 69 yards per game on the ground and was named All-Big 12 honorable mention. Pierson rushed for 730 yards and four touchdowns. He is a junior this season.

Miller is back on the team after sitting out last year. He started as a freshman for Kansas, rushing for 559 yards and four touchdowns.

Bourbon is another guy who can step up when needed. He started one game last year vs Oklahoma. The back rushed for 41 yards on 12 carries for the year.

Fink as a junior, didn’t see any game time last season.

Cox rushed for 464 yards on 91 carries last year. The running back played in all 12 games while starting three games. Cox also doubled as a kick-off return specialist.

Randall redshirted last season. He was a four-year letterwinner at Veritas Christian High School in Kansas.

Spencer is a three-star recruit entering the fray. He rushed 54 times for 405 yards and five touchdowns. Spencer also doubled as a standout defensive back.

Whitfield is another freshman has showed great potential to be a major threat either out of the backfield or receiving as a high school back. Whitfield rushed for 1,409 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior at Marian High School in Indiana. The back rushed for 2,056 yards and 32 touchdowns in his career.


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