BY RYAN BLACK | firstname.lastname@example.org
Head coach Gus Malzahn said during his Tuesday press conference that Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne were “pretty much on equal ground right now” heading into the season opener against Washington State.
“They both had outstanding fall camps,” he said. “Corey Grant’s a guy you could see in the mix too. The best thing is we feel like we’ve got some quality depth at the running back position going in. You can never have enough of that.”
Malzahn went on to list the attributes he believes will help Grant contribute on offense this fall.
“Definitely he’s a speed guy, but he’s a strong guy,” he said. “And he can do the different things we ask our tailbacks to do. You could see him doing just like Tre and Cameron.”
Unlike others, Malzahn said Grant hasn’t been promised a minimum number of touches each game.
“There are certain guys on offense that we do want to have certain touches,” he said, “but I can’t say right now that Corey’s one of those guys.”
Malzahn was also asked whether Johnathan Ford would return to running back at some point in the season. Ford, a true freshman, moved to cornerback following Jonathan Jones’ off-field injury, which happened near the end of fall camp.
“He’s made the transition to defensive back, and we’re letting him, especially being a freshman, really focus on playing corner and playing special teams,” Malzahn said.