With senior starter Calvin Tyler and 196 carries for 884 yards and 7 touchdowns returning for the 2022 season and the unexpected departure of junior Elelyon Noa, the battle for the #2 spot at running back will be one to watch throughout spring ball.
John Gentry 5’10” 190 (3*) – Junior
In 2021, John played in all 14 games and logged 66 carries for 235 yards. Gentry was already a pretty good-sized for a kid making the jump to the collegiate level. He was built for the position right out of high school. He is explosive out of the backfield, bursting through holes and reaching top speed quickly. He easily makes players miss and knows when to bounce to the outside. He has good hands and a receiving ability that is rare for a running back. He will be an asset in the passing game.
Pailate Makakona 5’10” 220 (NR) – Junior
In 2021, Pailate saw action in 11 games and picked up 42 carries for 101 yards. Makakona is a physical running back who is also blessed with quick feet and above-average lateral movement. He can find the hole and accelerate through the line of scrimmage immediately. His physical style of running usually requires more than one tackler to bring him down. He also adds value in the passing game, as he is a very good receiver out of the backfield.