First Fall Scrimmage: What we can takeaway
There may not be a true RB1
With the exit of the two primary running backs from the 2020 season, Aaron McAllister and Tre Harbison III, it is no surprise that many 49er faithful are wondering who is going to step in and be the starting running back. Based on my observation, there may not be a “starter,” but rather several.
True freshman Chavion Smith got a lot of good reps in during the scrimmage. While he is undersized at 5’9, he made up for his slight stature with next-level agility and thinking ahead about his next move.
Chavion Smith, 3-star Freshman
Calvin Camp has been a name floating around for a while now. He has had a solid summer camp and got a good amount of playing time last season albeit behind Harbison III and McAllister. Camp, like Smith, is also undersized at 5’8 but he displayed good pass blocking for a back his size throughout his reps in the scrimmage.
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Redshirt freshman, Chavon McEachern saw several drives with the first-string. He didn’t dazzle but he was efficient with no rushes where he lost yards and no fumbles. There is a good chance that all four of these mentioned will see the field this year. Others may also include Shadrick Byrd, a transfer from Iowa.
“They (the running backs) have all done some really good things during camp, and today they continued that. It is a deep room, and guys are fighting for reps. We have a lot of options and we will see who earns it over the next three weeks to see who the first guy is out on the field, but a lot of them are going to play,” head coach Will Healy said after the scrimmage.
49ers adding help up front on the defensive line
The team has recently added a transfer defensive tackle from the University of Miami to the team, Jalar Holley, was a former prospect out of Buford HS (GA) in the 2019 class.
Holley stands 6’2 and weighs 282 pounds and just may be what the team needed to solidify their defensive line. It is unknown at the moment whether or not he will be eligible immediately.
“We are checking into that. He has some years on him. He still has some time here but we are seeing about him being able to play,” Healy said about the team’s recent addition.
Holley looks like he's going to fit right in at Club Lit
Victor Tucker is good but so is Tre’ Goode
Everyone knows how explosive wide receiver Victor Tucker is, but one wideout who stood out during the scrimmage was Tre’ Goode. He was doing everything right. His routes were crisp, his run blocking was there as well. All the little things that a coach is looking for in a receiver, Goode displayed in the scrimmage.
“I’m proud of Tre’. He played really well. I know there is a lot of competition in that receiver room and Tre’ stood out today and did a great job,” Healy said.
There are two more scrimmages for the 49ers before the regular season gets going. Friday, August 20th the team will be scrimmaging with referees at night with fans being able to attend, the exact time is to-be-announced. There will also be another scrimmage on Sunday the 22nd.
With just a few short weeks left before the team kicks things off against Duke, there is a lot for 49er fans to be excited about and look forward to for the upcoming season.