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It's next man up with A-State running backs

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Red Wolves want to establish the run, first three offensive plays against Auburn were running plays, but this unit is banged up. Its next man up.

A-State's backfield has recently taken a hit. Armond Weh-Weh got hurt against Auburn, out for the year, Johnston White missed last weeks game, was used sparingly in practice this week, Red Wolves hope to use him against Utah State. So where does that leave this group?

"Anytime you lose a guy who's probably your bigger back obviously it's a blow, but I don't look at things that way, I'm a next up, next man up mentality," A-State offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner said.

At 5'5" Warren Wand is small but plays big. He led the team with sixteen carries against Auburn and gives the team multiple options from the running back position.

"Helps me a lot just being versatile, being able to do more things than one and so offensively keeps the defense on its edge, on its toes, keep them guessing," A-State sophomore running back Warren Wand said.

"Warren is a very, very explosive, strong human being.  I think he can handle 25-30 times a game if he had to, obviously you don't want to do that week in, week out, but you don't want to do that with anybody but he is capable of doing that," Faulkner added.

So if you do want to give Wand 25-30 carries, who's next in line?

"With the amount of snaps that we'd like to get moving forward if we are moving the ball effectively, I still think it's going to take 2-3 but I don't want to be without depth either and I think that's where you need to bring Jamal Jones back in the mix and let him stay up with what we are doing," A-State head football coach Blake Anderson said.

"I think we have very capable backs, you saw Logan Moragne come in there, run the ball, caught the ball on 3rd and 12 and got 11 yards. Daryl Rollins Davis came in had a really good run up the middle, so it's next man up, so let's go'," Faulkner said.

Moragne and Rollins Davis are ready to show what they can do.

"When I moved to receiver that was kind of the hard part going back to running back but knew what to do," Moragne said.

"Sell out for my teammates just because I know reps were limited. I really have an opportunity to take advantage to show what I really can do," Rollins Davis said.

"Feels like home, feels real good, knowing the plays, just executing, comes natural feels like," Moragne added.

"You never want to see your brother go down but as far as opportunities go, Coach Mackenzie has prepared all of us," Rollins Davis said.

This group is a brotherhood, pulling for each other on and off the field.

"They're not getting down on themselves just because they are missing out, they're supporting us, as far far as your team goes and your position group, you want to be the best guys on the field."
 

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