Four different running backs started for the Utah Raptors last season, but none of them were able to consistently provide a spark out of the backfield. While the team still really believes in Jamaal Williams, who rushed for only 479 yards at a 3.8 yards per carry average with five total touchdowns as a rookie, the team was also not just going to sit quietly and not look to improve the backfield.
The Raptors traded for the territorial draft rights of Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough, sending a fourth round pick to the Birmingham Predators. Scarbrough is a huge, hulking back but averaged 5.7 yards per carry in college with 20 total touchdowns in three seasons. As a sophomore and junior, Scarbrough totaled 1,408 yards and 19 touchdowns while catching 21 passes for 131 yards.
Scarbrough is not the most explosive player, but is often described as a runaway train when running the ball because it is so hard for defenders to stop him when he gets a head of steam moving forward. He always falls forward for positive yards, rarely ever getting stopped in the backfield.
“Bo is a throwback kind of bruising running back,” Head Coach Ken Norton Jr. said. “He reminds me of guys like Jamal Lewis, who weren’t the most athletic guys, but were bulls out of the backfield who just punished the defense. If we give him the ball, we are gaining yards. He’s going to be a tough one to stop in the redzone.”