The University of Miami has seen the injury bug come up and bite the running back position. Don Chaney, Jr. is out for an undisclosed amount of time and true freshman TreVonte’ Citizen is done for the year. So where it might not be the most logical choice initially to put two running backs on the field at the same time, it is when you consider who.
Game. Set. Match.
We will be taking a look at potential personnel groupings that the Miami Hurricanes can employ this season. Experimentation at its finest. Offensive coordinators can use groupings and formations to achieve an advantage on the football field. The Hurricanes can definitely be creative this year with its utilization of one particular swiss arm knife.
21 set personnel is when you have two running backs and one tight end on the field at the same time. Brashard Smith is listed officially as a wide receiver but the speedy and electric Smith is listed at 5-10 and 194 pounds. He has the frame to carry the rock. As a true freshman, he totaled 368 all purpose yards which included 199 receiving and 23 rushing to go along with his kick return responsibilities.
Game. Set. Match – 21 Set – #OBB
Tight Ends: Will Mallory #85
Running Backs: Brashard Smith #12, Jaylan Knighton #4
Wide Receivers: Xavier Restrepo #7, Key’Shawn Smith #5
Here is an example of how a 21 set personnel grouping with B. Smith and Miami “could” look like. Yes this is traditional 11 set personnel when you consider Brashard as a wide receiver but now you can see how easy it is with him in. Before any use of motion, having both Knighton and B. Smith in the backfield look formidable. This formation screams run strength but the ability to isolate both speedy running backs on linebackers in the passing game cannot be undersold.
I liken this grouping to a Miami Heat small ball lineup. You have essentially a combined four quick option attack with wide receiver/running back and the tight end Will Mallory will be inline to add just the right amount of size. You can see how Smith was used in the backfield last year when he took this play 75 yards to the house. Opposing defensive coordinators will notice his speed on this play because everyone else sure did.