It didn’t take Baylor coaches long to settle on their starting tailback for the start of the season.
Bears offensive coordinator Jeff Nixon said that sophomore JaMycal Hasty will carry much of the load while Terence Williams recovers from shoulder injury.
Hasty produced in spot duty as a freshman. The product of Longview, Texas, rushed for 623 yards and 3 touchdowns last season, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.
Jeff Nixon likes rotating running backs
Nixon, who arrived from Temple with new coach Matt Rhule, prefers to use several running backs. But he said Hasty already stands out compared to other backs on the roster.
“It will be running back-by-committee,” Nixon told reporters after practice Tuesday. “I still definitely think JaMycal is our starter. And if he stays healthy, he’s going to have a big year.”
RB coach Jeff Nixon on JaMycal Hasty: "He's still a work in progress … He's definitely our starting RB. I like where he's at." #Baylor
— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) July 29, 2017
Other backs who will be tested during Williams’ absence include freshmen John Lovett and Trestan Ebner.
Another freshman, Abram Smith, suffered an ACL tear during spring practice.
Williams rushed for team-high totals of 1,048 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He is expected to miss the first three games this season as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
“I really have to step up and fill the role while he’s gone,” Hasty told Jerry Hill of BaylorBears.com.
The Bears open their 2017 season Sept. 2 against Liberty.