We’re counting down to MSU’s season opener against Oklahoma State on Aug. 31, giving you a significant number to ponder as August trudges on. Today’s number is…
MSU has developed some strong depth at tailback, and it goes into this season with four players expected to split carries. Sophomore Derrick Milton is one of those players, but just how much can he contribute?
His longest carry last season covered 27 yards, against Middle Tennessee State. Milton gained 38 yards on three carries and scored a touchdown that game, but it went downhill from there. Over the next four games, he was held to minus-2 yards on eight carries, and then he did not play in either the Egg Bowl or the Gator Bowl.
Milton is 6-foot, 210 pounds and has a smooth running style. He’s a guy who can both power between the tackles and glide down the field. He looked very good in the spring and will most certainly push Josh Robinson for the No. 2 tailback role. (Nick Griffin, back from an ACL injury, will likely have a say in that competition, too.)
Once LaDarius Perkins is gone after this year, Milton ought to be in the mix to start in 2014. How consistently he can get carries and produce this season will go a ways in determining that.