Football: The Year of the Running Back

By Phil Anastasia

This could be The Year of the Running Back in South Jersey football.

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Leading the way are NCAA FBS recruits Gerald Owens of West Deptford, Ray Lawry of Kingsway and Marques Little of Williamstown (pictured).

Owens will head to Michigan State, while Lawry and Little both have committed to Old Dominion.

Read more about those three athletes and their deep connections to their days in youth sports in Part One of the South Jersey Football Preview in Saturday's Inquirer. Part Two will be Saturday, Sept. 7.

But those three RBs are not alone. Here's a look at some of the top returning running backs this season:

-- Gerald Owens, senior, West Deptford: This Michigan State recruit ran for 1,703 and 26 touchdowns last season.

-- Ray Lawry, senior, Kingsway: This Old Dominion recruit ran for 2,225 yards and scored 16 touchdowns in the Dragons' final four games.

-- Marques Little, senior, Williamstown: This Old Dominion recruit ran for 1,075 yards and 16 touchdowns and caught six touchdown passes for the South Jersey Group 5 champions.

-- Ben Boyer, senior, Gloucester: He ran for 1,793 yards last season and enters this season with 3,596 career yards, just 726 short of the all-time record for Camden County. He also has 43 career touchdowns, 19 short of Adam Taliaferro's Camden County record of 62.

-- John Chamberlin, senior, Williamstown: He ran for 1,237 yards and scored 26 touchdowns.

-- Rob Ennis, junior, Millville: He burst on the scene last season with 1,509 yards.

-- Kenyatta Greene, senior, Northern Burlington: He ran for 1,295 yards for the South Jersey Group 4 finalists.

-- Rob Hooks, senior, Delsea: He ran for 1,268 yards, including 203 in the South Jersey Group 3 title game.

-- Kahleil Chisolm, senior, Audubon: He ran for 1,279 yards as a junior and 1,059 as a sophomore.

-- Isaiah Gibson, senior, Rancocas Valley: He ran for 1,123 yards.

-- De'Hahn Milledge, senior, Cumberland: He ran for 1,179 yards.

-- Taalib Gerald, senior, Holy Spirit: He ran for 1,062 yards for the Non-Public 2 state champions.

Note: Penns Grove senior Anthony Robertson ran for 1,244 yards and 28 TDs last season. But he's switching to QB this season.

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