5) Who will be the primary running back in 2019?
Georgia Tech’s running back situation entering the 2019 season is as up in the air as their quarterback situation. The Jackets have plenty of options, to say the least, they have seven scholarship running backs come the fall and that includes Jamious Griffin. Griffin is expected to be a player in the running back competition when he enrolls this summer but will one of the Jackets four running backs on campus put a gap between themselves and the rest of the pack?
Going off seniority, KirVonte Benson would be the option for the Yellow Jackets but the redshirt senior is coming off an ACL injury he suffered against USF in September and is still in the rehab process. In reality, Benson will probably have his chances to contribute in 2019 but his days of being the starting running back appear to be over.
Next up on the list is Jerry Howard, who believe it or not, is already a junior. Howard, had 564-yards and five touchdowns over 107-carries last season. He’s not the most explosive or talented but he’s shown the ability to get the job done. The other options to take a step forward in the final week and spring game are Jordan Mason and Christian Malloy.
Personally, our favorite to take that step forward is redshirt sophomore Jordan Mason. Mason, had a huge redshirt freshman season that saw him average 6.1 yards per carry and 7 touchdowns over 108-carries. If that’s a sample of what Malloy could do, he’d be a great option for the Jackets but has he shown it this spring? Christian Malloy, on the other hand, a very small sample size of work last season with just four carries. That being said, there’s a lot to like about his game and he should see a tick up in his carries this season.
In reality, the question for this should be “What is the running back picture entering fall camp?”. Because a lot of this is about where the guys rank in terms of each other and how Jamious Griffin will fit into the picture this upcoming season. Will he see immediate playing time and have the chance to have a high impact or will he actually get the chance to redshirt his true freshman season.