Returning Starter: Jahwan Edwards, 5-10 228 Jr. – Edwards is the big, strong workhorse back in the Cardinals thin staple. Now entering his third season as starter in the Ball State backfield, Edwards posted 1,410 yards and 14 touchdowns behind the Cardinals veteran offensive line a year ago.
What to watch for: Depth is the big question mark for the Cardinals. The Cardinals were supposed to have 3 RBs back with experience – but spot starter Barrington Scott decided to transfer leaving the Cardinals with just 2 experienced backs. Horactio Banks is a very solid back up. The sophomore adds a burst of speed and change of pace to Edwards as he ran for 586 yards and 4 Touchdowns out of the backfield a season ago. After those two though, you have freshman Teddy Williamson and a pair of inexperienced walk-ons in Denzel Pierce and MacKenzie Nash.
New Face to watch: The Cardinals only went after one RB in 2013, mainly because the young group already had 3 firmly entrenched players in the group. So, enter in Teddy Williamson from For Zumwalt West High School in Missouri. Teddy enrolled early and thus is participating in spring practice, which should pay great dividends as it did for two freshmen that played a lot a year ago (S Chris Pauling and DE Osa Igbinosun). Williamson isn’t as fast as Banks, but adds another dimension to the offense with his ability to make plays in the passing game and split out as a receiver. Look for Williamson to not only see the field, but be a contributor in the fall.