Is there a statute of limitations on the exclusive use of a nickname?
In the 1940's Army won three national championships thanks to Heisman Trophy winners Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis who were known as "Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside." Now that 67 years have passed since their last college game, that nickname could be revived for pair of junior college running backs looking to make an immediate impact at Cincinnati.
Hosey (pronounced like Jose) Williams is "Mr. Inside"
- a 5'9" 199 pound battering ram who rushed for 1,269 yards and 14 TD on 177
carries (7.2 ypc) for ASA College in New York (see video here).
"I think Hosey is a Rudi Johnson-type," said Tommy Tuberville who coached Johnson at Auburn. "He's got big, strong legs and a low center of gravity."
"I feel like I'm an all-around back," said Williams. "I can run through you and I can run by you."
Rod Moore is "Mr. Outside" - a 5'10, 176 pound jitterbug who was ranked as the number one junior college running back by 247Sports.com after rushing for 902 yards and 11 TD on 147 carries (6.1) for East Mississippi C.C.
"What you see with Rod is his quickness," said offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. "There was a play today (at practice) where he hit the hole and you saw a burst. That's what you're looking for is a guy like that with really good speed. I've been excited about him."
"I try to play fast and show my speed," said Moore. "Mostly I like to get out on the edge, but I can run between the tackles when they need me to. It I get to the second level, it's most likely going to be a big gain."
Williams and Moore say they chose Cincinnati largely because of the coaching staff. When Tuberville and Gran worked together at Auburn, they sent eight running backs to the NFL including Ronnie Brown, Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, Brandon Jacobs, Heath Evans, Kenny Irons, and the previously mentioned Johnson.
"(Coach Tuberville) is a laid-back, straight-forward person," said Williams. "He lets his coaches coach and does a great job. And Coach Gran is an excellent coach. He's big on all of the little details being perfect."
"I was committed to Texas Tech, but I wanted to follow this coaching staff," said Moore. "They recruited me first and I feel like this is going to be a great fit for me. All I have to do is listen and they'll take me where I want to go."
Following the departure of leading rusher George Winn, the Cincinnati coaches are counting on the JUCO duo and walk-on Anthony King to provided needed depth to a running back group led by Ralph David Abernathy IV and Tion Green.
"Anthony King has looked really good," said Gran. "I've been surprised and excited for him because he's worked his tail off. In all of the cut-ups that we watched in the spring, he keeps showing up. I'm going to give him some reps with the ones this camp and give him a shot."
Williams and Moore are also sure to get plenty of reps at Camp Higher Ground, but their running ability is not the only factor in determining which of the two gets the most playing time.
"It's whoever can learn the offense the quickest and be durable," said Tuberville. "Both of them can run the ball, but one thing that they both have to learn in this offense is protecting the quarterback. If you can't protect the quarterback, I'm not going to have you in there because a lot of times we have to check off and he has to pick up a linebacker or an end. We can't afford any missed assignments. We probably run 12 to 15 protections per game and they change every week. Things change very quickly at the line of scrimmage - who they block, if they block, of if they go out for a pass."
Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside say they're ready for the challenge.
"I feel like everything is going extremely well," said Williams. "It's basically about how I apply myself. If I study the playbook like I'm supposed to, I don't think it's going to be a problem."
"It's the most talent that I've seen in a backfield in a long time," said Moore. "We're going to have a little rotation and it's going to work out great. I'm just trying to be a part of it and help us win some games."
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