Could a healthy Charles Jones return a strong running game to the repertoire of Kansas State? Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star takes a look at that question in his piece about the Wildcats' running game.
Jones tore his PCL in the fourth game of the 2014 season and never really looked the same despite finishing as KSU's top rusher. Jones scored eight touchdowns in those first four games before the injury then five touchdowns in the final nine contests.
“He played the whole season with that injury,” offensive coordinator Dana Dimel told Robinett. “He would be in practice and he could barely run. That is the thing that never gets talked about, because we don’t talk about injuries. … The Charles Jones you see now is the Charles Jones you saw in those first four games. He has good football IQ and is just a good football player. If he stays healthy, I think he is going to have a great football season.”
Be it Jones, Dalvin Warmack or Justin Silmon, the Wildcats need someone to emerge as a legit threat at running back. The running game struggles of Bill Snyder's team (3.67 yards per carry, 134.23 rushing yards per game) was one of the most shocking developments of the 2014 season. Jones' 540 rushing yards led the team for a program that is used to having terrific production from running backs like John Hubert and Daniel Thomas.
If KSU hopes to surprise in 2015, it needs a much improved running game.
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