Despite the return of veteran Ryan Houston, North Carolina coach Butch Davis said on Thursday's spring coaches' teleconference that he wants more than one running back to carry the load this fall.
"You have to have a stable of running backs," he said. "I don’t know that I even want to have one guy you say this guy is going to take 95 percent of the reps. I think it’s a detriment to the kid."
Davis said that when he was at Miami, he always played two and possibly a third running back and would like to do the same this fall. Last year, because of injuries, he didn't have much choice. This year, he doesn't have much experience to choose from after the departures of Johnny White, Shaun Draughn and Anthony Elzy.
Houston was the leading rusher in 2009 but redshirted last year after his season was disrupted by the NCAA investigation. He's the most experienced of the group, as Hunter Furr played sparingly last year and Giovani Bernard and true freshman Travis Riley have yet to see the field.
"There’s plenty enough work to get two good quality players a lot and maybe a third," Davis said. "We’ve got to have more than one running back and we’ve got an awful lot of unproven guys."