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You get the idea Mumme is preparing for the future at running back, what with three freshmen and two junior college prospects perhaps figuring into his plans in fall camp. Not that there’s anything wrong with that given the circumstances.
He lost top rusher Justine Buries to graduation, leaving junior Tonny Glynn (5-8, 192) to fend for himself. They were part of a one-two punch last year that almost accounted for 1,000 yards between them. Glynn finished second for the Aggies with 456 yards and a team-high four rushing touchdowns. The Aggies managed only 10 last year, and two of those were by Holbrook from in close.
Brandon Perez (5-8, 236) returns as the starter at fullback. Used primarily as a blocking back in 2007, the junior rushed for only 41 yards on six carries. Junior Dylan Moss (5-9, 260) serves as the backup to Perez. In this offense, this position protects the passer and blocks for the tailback.
Mumme does have a pair of talented prospects coming in from junior college. Seth Smith (5-8, 200) and Marquell Colston (5-9, 205) should fit well in this system. The two juniors had good careers at their respective two-year programs and should give the offense a lift in fall camp.
Smith, from the College of Sequoias in California, led his team in rushing (580 yards) and touchdowns (14) last season. His totals included a 175-yard, four-touchdown game. He also caught nine passes for 61 yards. Rivals.com rated him among the top 10 running backs in the JUCO ranks.
Colston led Modesto (Calif.) Junior College with 951 yards rushing in 2007. He also contributed 492 receiving yards.
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