The past two seasons Clemson's backfield has been filled with question marks. Reggie Merriweather secured the feature back position with a strong finish to last season. Now with Duane Coleman's future in doubt, the backfield again appears to be a little thin. The first answer to immediately pop out of almost every Clemson fan's mouth following Coleman's suspension was James Davis better be ready.
Davis will not redshirt this season and needs to be ready to play, but do not forget about Kyle Browning. Browning has proven in the past that he can be counted with the football. Every time he has stepped on the field he has produced. Browning is in a very similiar situation heading into his final season as Chad Jasmin.
Jasmin had done nothing but produce when given an opportunity heading into his final season. However much like Browning, Jasmin found himself lost in the shuffle. When push came to shove, Coach Burton Burns needed a running back to step up. Jasmin answered the call and played a major part in Clemson's four game finish of 2003. Jasmin's efforts culminated in the Peach Bowl, when he tore Tennessee apart for his only 100-yard rushing effort as a Tiger.
Browning is now listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart. The coaching staff knows what they will get from Browning and that is 100% effort everytime he touches the field. You will never hear anyone accuse Browning of taking plays off or not knowing his assignments. There may not be one thing that Browning does great as a running back, but there is nothing he does bad. His blocking is solid, his hands are above average, and his running is more than adequate.
While fans should be excited about the arrival of Davis in August, just remember you can and at some point more than likely will count on Kyle Browning.