LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – LaJuan Hunt had the better season in 2015, while Tonny Lindsey, Jr. was the man in 2016.
This season, both players are teaming up to give the Utah State running attack a 2-headed monster.
“I feel like Tonny is more like a scat back,” said Hunt, who has rushed for 1,108 yards and seven touchdowns in three seasons with the Aggies. “He’ll quickly make someone miss. I can do that too, but I can run you over if you’re not ready.”
“With this tempo, we’ve got to have multiple backs that can go,” said Lindsey, who led Utah State with 763 yards and six touchdowns in 2016. “With him helping and contributing, he’ll take some of the load off.”
Hunt and Lindsey are close on and off the field, and the competition for more playing time makes each player strive to be better.
“It’s a brotherhood no matter what if we’re competing or anything of that nature, Hunt said. “We’re just going to push each other every day, every practice, every period that we’ve got to do. We’re just going to keep pushing each other. We pride ourselves on being able to have the coaches trust us. They can call the run and be confident in it.”
“You can’t go wrong with [either one of] them,” said quarterback Kent Myers, who is looking for a strong running back to take some of the pressure off the passing game. “They’re amazing in the backfield. Anytime I need help, I know I can dump it down to them, and it’s going to push a lot of people in the box with the running game and open up the pass.”
As for this new-look, up-tempo, fast-paced offense? Well, both backs can’t wait to test it out.
“When I was little, I always looked at LaMichael James and Keynon Barner at Oregon,” said Lindsey. “So I admired how they went fast and got defenses tired.”
“I feel like this is going to be a big, big change,” added Hunt. “It’s going to be a fast, fast tempo, and I think we’re going to wear out defenses.”
Utah State opens the 2017 season September 1st at Wisconsin.