The Pahokee jitterbug has never gotten too much love, but he's been an integral cog in the offensive machine the past two years. A year ago, he distinguished himself so much in pass protection that he became our regular 3rd-down back by season's end, even on those rare occasions when Minor and Brown were available. He scored our lone TD in the OSU game (making him the only player on the current roster to have scored against the Bucks), only to tear his ACL a handful of plays later.
A year later, guess who's the only back on the team to have played in all 11 games? Yep, it's the guy coming off knee surgery. They make 'em tough in Pahokee. Even after that nasty blow to the head he took against UW, he passed his concussion test this week. It's a good thing, because he's quietly coming into his own as a runner. The past three games, he's rushed 42 times for 222 yards (5.3 avg) and a TD, and - believe it or not - is a perfect 5 for 5 on third-down conversions. (Notice how there suddenly haven't been any "Why is Smith carrying the ball on 3rd down" complaints lately?) For the second year in a row, he's our leading receiver among tailbacks. And on many an occasion, a long Denard run has been preceded by #2 clearing the way upfront.
We've got a nice pair of RB commitments, and it's exciting to think about what they might do, but don't count out the little guy in the Woodson jersey just yet. He's a gamer.