Heading into this season, we thought we had a viable running back combination in Ryan McCants and Jacquizz Rodgers. We liked Ryan's size and power, and we knew Jacquizz was quick and shifty. However, we weren't sure if Ryan and Jacquizz's skills would translate to the college game.
Quickly, we learned that Jacquizz is the real deal. He eclipsed Ryan on the depth chart after the Sanford game, and he hasn't stopped running yet-- he's rushed for 100 yards in the last five games, if you round up the 99 yards he got at Penn State. He's on pace to shatter all kinds of records at Oregon State.
That being said, Ryan and Quizz are different backs. As we saw at the end of the Washington State game, Ryan has power and the ability to move a pile like none other. Jacquizz can move a pile in his own right, but clearly, they're different runners. Quizz is 5-7, 200; McCants is 6-2, 240.
After the season, Ryan and Jacquizz will both have three years of eligibility. Mike Riley has shown that he doesn't like to rotate quarterbacks or running backs. He'll even tell you that if you were to ask. With that being said, can Ryan and Quizz coexist on this team and both contribute?
Will 6'2" Ryan McCants continue to stand in the shadow of 5'7" Jaquizz Rodgers?
I'll meet you in the thread.
(Photo taken by Thomas Boyd of the Oregonian, via www.oregonlive.com)