Many people don’t know that one of the top rated defenders in this year’s draft is also very adept at carrying the rock.
As a true freshman, Myles Jack was asked to start at running back for UCLA after the Bruins other ball carriers succumbed to injuries.
In his first game in the offensive backfield, Jack rushed for 120 yards on just 6 carries, with one of them going for a 66 yard TD. That score ended up being the deciding factor in the win for the Bruins.
In the next game he only rushed for 59 yards, but scored 4 touchdowns in a game the Bruins won 41-31.
Jack ended the year with a robust 7 yards per carry on 38 attempts for 267 yards and 7 TDs and was awarded Pac-12 Freshman of the Year at both offense and defense.
He became so valuable as a linebacker in his sophomore year that his carries as a running back were limited to 28, but he still managed 4 touchdowns, and had 113 yards.
His junior year which proved to be his last in college, was cut short by injury but he still managed to score a touchdown.
He finished his 3 year college career with 68 carries, 387 yards, 5.7 ypc, 11 rushing TDs and 1 receiving TD.
The fact that he will likely be drafted as a linebacker in the top 10 of this year’s draft may eliminate or at least limit any chances of him carrying the ball on the pro level, but if you don’t think there is at least one glimmer of hope in his mind of reaching NFL paydirt…
Then you don’t know Jack!