HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Redshirt freshman running back Remi Watson has continued to show some pretty good moves since leading the offense in rushing at last Saturday's scrimmage.
Considering the major competition for playing time in Marshall's backfield, he knows he doesn't have much of a choice.
"We're all competing for reps," he said. "If one guy goes the distance, that's telling you when your rep is up, you've got to try to take it the distance."
Thundering Herd Coach Doc Holliday said he can't remember the last time he was four-deep at running back, but right now he's six-deep. Last year's top two rushers - junior Tron Martinez and redshirt sophomore Travon Van - have been limited in practice.
That's allowed Watson, redshirt junior Essray Taliaferro and freshmen Kevin Grooms and Steward Butler more carries in practice and more opportunities to prove their worth in the rotation.
Holliday said the depth is great, but in the end, there will be some running backs who will see less action as the season progresses.
"The bottom line is, when it comes down to it, you can't get six guys ready to play," he said. "Try to get six of them ready to play, you can't get anyone ready to play. There's going to come a time when we'll have to cut back the number of reps certain guys get."
Watson, who rushed for 87 yards on eight carries last Saturday, relishes the chance to battle for playing time. He said that, whatever the outcome, it will make him better in the long run.
"There's no bitter competition," he said. "There's great competition. I bounce and make a good run, the next guy knows he's got to come in and make a good run. That just keeps thing flowing in the backfield so everybody's working hard."
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