There are a lot of running backs where it’s said that they can do it all. With Miles Sanders, there is nothing hyperbolic about that statement.
He is great at just about everything he does and should be an outstanding player for Penn State in the Big Ten as soon as he gets his first carry as a freshman.
Sanders has very good, but not quite elite, speed. His lateral agility is outstanding. Some of his cuts look like he is in the Matrix and everyone else is just a regular human. He has good size, but runs bigger than the 200 pounds he weight right now. He can probably get up to 210 and stay in the range while at Penn State.
With Sanders, it’s tough to find things he doesn’t do well. Maybe he bounces it outside at times when he should run it inside, but that is probably it. Overall, he has good vision and and shows great potential as an inside runner. He is tough to bring down and will lower his pad level to run through tackles. He has a very strong lower body and good balance after contact.
He’s not someone who is trying to run through every tackler, though. His ability to make people miss in the open field really stands out. He has such great feet and he cuts without losing much speed at all. He moves so well laterally.
I said he doesn’t have elite speed and I believe that to be the case, but at the same time, he does seem to get stronger with his stride than his initial burst. He runs away from people when you don’t he will.
He is a good option out the backfield as a receiver and should be great on screens at the next level.
He is scheme versatile and could be used in a variety of ways at Penn State. He’ll have no issues fitting into what they want to do on offense.
Sanders has the potential to be one of the best backs in the Big Ten and possibly one of the best in the nation. Penn State is getting a really good one and I think he will likely get some carries immediately when he steps on campus as a freshman.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach)