Mocs RB Derrick Craine Hoping to Emerge as Leader in the Backfield
Chattanooga-(WDEF) Next fall the Mocs will have to replace All SoCon running back Keon Williams.
While UTC has some depth in the backfield, Derrick Craine hopes to emerge as the Mocs leader.
After serving mostly as a backup last season Derrick Craine is ready to jump in as a starter next season
"It’s something I have been working for since I came in, and now you know it’s in the light, so it is something I’m ready for."
Said head coach Russ Huesman,"Well we expect him to be really good next year. Again he was really good last year for us, and I think everybody kind of realized how tough he is and how good of a football player he is."
Coach Huesman likes Craine’s running style
"Tough. Physical. Deceptively fast."
Said Craine,"I can definitely put the shoulder down and run through you on the edge. Can definitely throw a move if I need to."
Added Huesman,"He knows his assignments better than anybody on the football field. He runs hard and catches the ball out of the back field. Everything you want an every down running back to be, he is it."
Craine is listed at 5”10, and he believes that is an advantage
"Being shorter at running back is not a bad thing. I look up to guy like Mark Ingram or Trent Richardson, some Alabama guys that are 5’9 or 5’10. So yeah, I would definitely say being 5’10 with a low center of gravity helps at the running back position."
Craine says it is unusual for any one to call him by his first name
Laughs Craine,"Let’s just say Derrick does not exist in Chattanooga. When I first came in, I got called ‘Craine Train’, and that’s the one that stuck. Usually along with my nick names, there is usually something involved with train."