Thursday, May 19, 2011

Video and Analysis of TCU RB Ed Wesley

The 2010 TCU Horned Frogs were led to an unbeaten season by their shut down defense and one of the best quarterbacks in school history.

But for all the credit guys like linebacker Tank Carder and quarterback Andy Dalton get, most college football as well as TCU fans overlook a guy who put his own stamp on this past season.

Ed Wesley Ed Wesley #34 of the TCU Horned Frogs runs with the ball in the second quarter of the game against the Utah Utes at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.
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For those of you do not know anything about running back Ed Wesley, it's ok, you are absolutely not alone. In fact, Wesley was named by as one of top 10 overlooked returning stars from the 2010 season. He also became the first TCU running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards (1,063) since Robert Merrill did it back in 2003 (1,107).

This past season, Wesley outrushed the Air Force Falcons, the nation's best rushing offense (346.9 ypg) at the time, 209-184, the 20th best performance by a running back in TCU history and the most yards since Joseph Turner put up 226 in 2007 against San Diego State.

If you followed this young running back from his days at McArthur High School in Irving, Texas, you saw the kind of potential Wesley had. His speed through the holes in the defense, his ability to avoid tacklers, and change directions on a dime, made him a difficult player to deal with.

While Wesley's 209-yard performance against Air Force was impressive, his 165 yards and two touchdowns against Baylor was his best game of the season in terms of yards per carry. Wesley carried the ball 19 times and averaged almost nine yards per carry (8.7) against the Bears in a 45-10 blowout by TCU.

With Dalton now in the NFL, it seems the spotlight might shift from a start quarterback to a mostly unknown running back. After a 1,000 yard season in 2010, more might be expected of this young player.

If is correct, he could go from unknown to a star in one of the biggest media markets in the country.

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