While watching UCLA running backs go through a ball-protection drill – Moses attempted to punch the ball from their hands and the backs had to run then through a shoot – I noticed how many of the bigger tailbacks and fullbacks had to work harder just to maintain a lower center of gravity.
Made me think of big Christian Ramirez, all 6-foot-2, 220 pounds of him, and whether his size might be a detriment.
A quick glance at UCLA’s top-5 career rushers made me wonder if Ramirez is a bit too big:
Gaston Green – 5-10, 189
Freeman McNeil – 5-11 216
Karim Abdul Jabbar – 5-10 194
Wendell Tyler – 5-10, 198
Skip Hicks – 6-0, 230
But No. 6 is Theotis Brown.
6-foot-2, 225-pound Theotis Brown…