Published February 29, 2012 - 10:15amNEW: Follow on facebook -
SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2012, and we’re not stopping until we get to No. 1.
Spencer Ware – No. 24
Being an LSU running back right is kind of a tough gig, especially since there are four guys on campus who could start for most of the teams in the SEC this coming season. There’s Spencer Ware, Michael Ford, Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard all returning for another year in the backfield. Hilliard may have the most upside of any player at the position; however, this coming season will be Ware’s to really grow as a running back and player.
While there has been some talk that possibly Ware could lose his starting spot at running back to any one of the other three, I think he steps up and has a big year in 2012.
Ware burst onto the scene in the 2010 Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M. In that particular game, Ware had 10 carries for 102 yards. We saw what he could do; we knew he had talent.
Coming into this year we all knew to be on the lookout for Spencer Ware at the position, especially behind this mammoth offensive line for the Tigers.
He did not disappoint.
At 5’11” and 223lbs, Ware had ideal size to really push the Tigers’ rushing offense last year. He finished second on the team in rushing with 727 yards and eight touchdowns, compared to team rushing leader Michael Ford with 772 yards. Ware was the workhorse for this offense, and he can absolutely get the tough yards; he did it all of last year.
I know Hilliard came on at the end of the year and made his presence known at the position, and he is very talented at the position as well, but Ware is primed for a big breakout season in 2012.
In addition to being able to run between the tackles, Ware has some soft hands out of the backfield. He was the fifth leading receiver on LSU’s squad with 11 catches for 73 yards and one touchdown. While those aren’t jaw-dropping numbers, you have to remember this is a run-first offense that hasn’t had that big of a passing attack yet under the previous quarterbacks. You have to figure the receiving numbers will increase next season with Zach Mettenberger taking over the reigns.
LSU has been and will continue to be a strong run-blocking offensive line with the deepest group of talented running backs in the country. Spencer Ware is the leader of this group, and I think he has a special year in 2012 for the LSU Tigers.
SPENCER WARE DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST: