If he stays healthy, Ryquell Armstead could be one of the best in the AAC | Temple running backs preview
Depleted by injury last season, the running back position is strong at Temple if the Owls can remain relatively healthy.
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5-11, 215, Sr., Millville, N.J.
Even though he didn't miss a game last year, Armstead was less than 100 percent virtually the entire season. He rushed for 604 yards (3.9 avg.) and five touchdowns. As a sophomore for the Owls' 2016 American Athletic Conference championship team, Armstead rushed for 919 yards (5.9 avg.) and 14 TDs while sharing duties with Jahad Thomas. Armstead has 21 career receptions, but he can catch the ball well out of the backfield and may be utilized more this year. If he remains healthy, Armstead could be among the top backs in the AAC. An excellent athlete, he also could be used as a situational pass rusher.
6-2, 215, R-Jr., Black Mountain, N.C.
Gardner earned a redshirt year after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the third game of the season in 2017. He should be the No. 2 back this season if healthy. He has averaged 4.8 yards per carry on 73 career rushing attempts. Gardner provides a good combination of power and speed. Interestingly, he has yet to catch a pass, something that should change this season.
5-11, 240, R-Sr., West Chester
A former walk-on, Ritrovato eventually earned a scholarship. Last season, he contributed greatly on special teams and aided the running game when the Owls suffered numerous injuries to the backfield. He appeared in all 13 games last season and rushed for 178 yards (4.8 avg.) and one touchdown. He is also an outstanding blocker.
5-10, 195, R-So., Philadelphia
An unspecified training camp injury sidelined Raynor for the season. A high school standout at Imhotep, Raynor is a great change-of-pace back who possesses tremendous speed. If he can stay healthy, he could factor into the rotation.
5-10, 177, R-Fr., Downingtown
Like Raynor, Jennings is among the fastest players on the team. The product of Downingtown East came to Temple as a receiver but has switched to running back, where his speed makes him a potential home run threat. Coach Geoff Collins says Jennings could still see reps at receiver, especially if Temple needs a deep threat.
5-10, 220, R-So., New Rochelle, N.Y.
A walk-on, Forrest appeared in just one game last year against Army but didn't carry the ball.
5-11, 185, Fr., Sicklerville, N.J.
A South Jersey product who began his career at St. Augustine and played his senior season at Timber Creek, Dobbins scored 11 TDs as a senior. He has good speed and excellent vision and will attempt to get into what is, at the moment, a crowded running back rotation.