EJ!EJ!EJ! Eddie Johnson was the MAN! My vote for #1
I thought Jamaal Anderson was one of the best. Mant games we simply gave Jamaal
the ball and he would carry the team. Everyone knew he was getting the ball and
nobody could stop him. Very physical runner.
Jamal Anderson, Juan Johnson, M'Afala, Mike Anderson, John White.
In my 17 years of watching fairly seriously, Chris Fuamatu-Maafala stands out as
the most memorable. It seems like it took 2-3 defenders to bring him down. He
was sure fun to watch.
I sure loved watching Eddie Johnson - he was just so smooth. Fuamatu- Maafala
was so powerful - I loved watching him blow up people trying to tackle him -
same with Jamal Anderson. Mike Anderson had a few of those massive yardage games
like the bowl game vs USC that were fun to watch. But I have to admit - I love
watching John White - for the speed, the elusiveness and maybe most of all how
dang tough he is - he really is great at blocking when he needs to - I am so
glad the Utes have John White - it has made the season really fun despite some
challenging games and I am glad Asiata is helping to spring White - good combo -
hope Asiata gets a chance to be a fullback in the NFL.
Jamal Anderson ran for over 1800 yards and scored 14 touchdowns in a single
season in the NFL in 1998. He did the "Dirty Bird" in the Super Bowl
and was widely considered one of the top five backs in the NFL before the ACL
tear. Jamal was the best the Utes ever had!
Here is another vote for Jamal Anderson. Next is Maafala and then Mike
3. Del Popcorn Rodgers2. Eddie Johnson1.
A couple of things that you have to consider also are the players around them.
Some of those past running backs had no lines to really block like these guys?
Also some of those teams had no defenses. I do not think you really can decide
on one player like that because there are so many factors.I do know that
White has earned all the accolades he has recieved and will recieve.
The best are Luke Staley, Harvey Unga, Ronnie Jenkins, Jamal Willis and Curtis
White is on pace to finish the season on top, and he's done it against better
competition. Imagine what awesome numbers he'd be putting up if we were still
in the MWC. Add on top of that the fact that everyone knows he's getting the
ball... If you put a brick wall in front of this guy he would do his darndest
to run through it, whilst having the time of his life. Watching him is the most
fun I have had as a Ute!
As a cougar fan who watched only sometimes, I would say Jamaal Anderson and
Maafala. John White IV is extremely impressive this year and could end up being
the best. Especially given the quarterback situation.
John White is the best. He's the only one who's done what he's done in the
Pac-12. Not the same as running against WAC or MWC teams. And he's carried the
I like Mike Anderson and Maafala. If Maafala had worked harder in the
offseason, he would have been hands down the best and would have been a great
@ChuecoCoug - funny how not one of those guys ever played in the NFL. Ok, on a
roster but really?
CuecoCoug,Those are some pretty good running backs, but this is a
discussion of Utah RBs.Of those you listed, I like Unga and Jenkins.
They could score on and off the field!
My vote is for Mike Anderson. Jamaal Anderson would be my number 2, John White
would be number 3, and Ma'Afala would be my number 4. Ma'Afala was great if you
needed 3-5 yards as he could get short gains almost everytime he touched the
ball, but rarely broke out for huge gains. Also, teams did learn how to tackle
him. @ ChuecoCoug: No BYU running back compares to any of the four
Utes backs I mentioned above.
It's obviously JJ Deluiji. He's in Utah and the very bestest.
I'm surprised nobody mentioned Marty Johnson. Had he not made the poor decisions
he did and missed a year of not only play but practice the sky would have been
the limit for him. My criteria would be an all around back, a back with decent
speed, power and able to be a receiving threat out of the back field. With that
said I would say the top five backs would be, 1. Jamal Anderson, 2. Mike
Anderson, 3. John White, 4. Marty Johnson and 5. Darrell Mack and Eddie Wide I
put both of these backs together simply because they were both back-ups who when
called upon delivered in big ways. I really think if Asiata hadn't blown out his
knee he would have been in the top 3. Let's not forget he was leading the nation
in rushing before that injury, and not by a small margin.
I would have to say Jamal Anderson, and for the best and one of the smallest
backs John White IV. Aarrrrrroooooooooooh!!! GO UTES!!!!!
I really love watching John White this year. He's so tough and quick and
reliable. But I learned to love the Utes because of Ma'afala. It was fun to
watch him run over defenders. Hard to pick a favorite.
1. Carl Monroe - 1,507 yards in 11 games in 1982. 2. Eddie Johnson - over 1,000
yards his freshman year 3. Del "Popcorn" Rodgers
Mike Anderson is my choice but, John White IV is making a strong case for
himself. He's only played 10 games so the jury's still out. My favorite play was
Ma'afala in a game against UTEP where this skinny little DB tried to step in
front of him and he didn't even alter his course on the way to the end zone and
the DB was carried off the field. He didn't stay for his senior year and with
his weak ankles, I would rule him out.
John Ogden, Eldon Fortie, Reynor Pierce, Kelly Smith
Luke Staley won the Doak Walker award. Enough said. Just because he suffered a
career ending injury doesn't change the fact that he was the best college
running back ever to come out of Utah.
Utah has put as many RBs into the NFL as the TDS has QBs. Utah would be known as
the RB factory if it weren't also true that utah keeps putting out great
defenders. Top RB in my time would go to mike, but even players like
warfield and ganther were amazing backs. If utah was as run heavy in their
years, white wouldn't have reached top 10 yet. White is amazing
partly because he came from virtual obscurity to one of the pac's best backs.
Partly because he is small and quick, but can still carry over 30 per game - and
he gets stronger later in the game. One more year with a great o-line and he
will be considered one of the greats. Right now a lot of his success is due to
quantity, not always quality.
wwookie, did you not read the part about him still averaging 5 yards per carry
despite being the offense's only real threat? If you took away a lot of his late
4th quarter carries when he only picks up a couple yards to drain the clock, it
would be a bit higher. I think that is very quality.
Rodgers, Monroe, Eddie Johnson did far more with much less. White is having a
fantastic year, especially when you consider he did nothing in 3 games.