Juniors Ryquell Armstead and Jager Gardner and redshirt junior David Hood are Temple’s returning veteran running backs and are in line to get the majority of carries next season. Yet redshirt freshman Tyliek Raynor has opened some eyes during spring practice.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Raynor scored on a long touchdown run during Tuesday’s practice and afterwards earned the praise of Temple tight ends and special teams coach Ed Foley.
“Tyliek Raynor missed time a little bit early on, but he is coming around,” Foley said. “He gives us something the other guys don’t in breakaway speed and quickness.”
Foley then talked about Temple’s other backs in relation to a speed back such as Raynor.
“Jager is big and hard to tackle and Rock (Armstead) is hard to tackle and even David Hood has a physical presence, the way he runs, although David has some quickness to him,” Foley said.
Speed-wise, the other three backs can’t catch up to Raynor, a former standout at Philadelphia’s Imhotep.
“Tyliek is fast, he is out on the edge fast,” Foley said. “He has gotten a couple of plays where he has gotten out there and just outrun people and we have a pretty fast defense. To go out there and do that is pretty good.”
Armstead, who rushed for 919 yards and 14 TDs, is likely to get the bulk of the carries, with Gardner and Hood pushing for action. With his speed, Raynor provides a different dimension to a position that can never have enough depth.