Oregon running back Tony Brooks-James is modifying his approach as a ball carrier this season.
Ducks running backs coach Jim Mastro is placing a big emphasis on footwork during spring practices.
“He’s taught me a different footwork pattern,” Brooks-James said of Mastro, per 247Sports’ Erik Skopil. “It’s really working out for us as a group. Just to be patient and hit the holes full tilt.”
The objective is to have Brooks-James and the other running backs move straight ahead as opposed to east and west. That equates to a higher probability of running backs gaining positive yards.
Oregon rushed for 3,263 yards last season; most of that total came from Oregon’s all-time leading rusher, Royce Freeman. With Freeman departing for the NFL, Brooks-James is slated to be the featured running back in Eugene this year.
The 5-foot-9 running back rushed for 498 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2017. He’s compiled 1,557 yards and 14 touchdowns in three years. The senior is expecting his numbers to surge in 2018.