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Parker leads experienced group of backs

Raiders return 73 percent of rushing yards

March 28, 2013 · @MTAthletics

Running Backs
Returners
26 Jordan Parker, So., RB
25 Reggie Whatley, r-Jr. , RB
5 Jeremiah Bryson, r-So. , RB
29 William Pratcher, r-Sr., RB
*Chudi Echetebu, r-Fr., RB
44 Corey Carmichael, Sr., FB
82 William Wilson, r-Jr., FB
41 Chase Pennycuff, r-So., FB

Newcomers
Kamani Thomas, Fr., RB
Shane Tucker, Fr., RB
*Non-scholarship

Coach Stockstill on position: "This is a very deep and talented group. We have guys that are tough, competitive and can help the offense in the passing game. It's an experienced position with explosive ability."

Parker: Set MT's freshman rushing record a year ago ... Ranked fifth in the conference in rushing and tallied four 100-yard games ... Powerful runner with ability to break off long runs ... Has a great attitude and is a smart player who wants to be great ... Gained 12 pounds in the offseason ... If he stays humble and keeps working then expect a brilliant career.

Whatley: A game-breaker who doubles as one of the best kickoff returners in the country ... A First Team All-SBC pick in 2012 ... Ranked 4th nationally with 30.5 yards per kick return ... Coaches appreciate how he practices and plays ... He loves football ... Gives offense a different look from Parker with his explosiveness and wiggle.

Bryson: Had some productive plays as a freshman last year ... Is a very similar player to Reggie Whatley as a guy who can make a defender miss ... Has added weight and strength ... Catches the ball well and is a smart player.

Pratcher: A fifth-year guy who comes into 2013 with a chip on his shoulder after seeing limited time as a junior ... Provides experience and leadership and the coaches like his attitude and work ethic ... May not be a player more excited about the spring to prove himself.

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