It isn’t often that the leading rusher on a college football team fails to find the end zone even once during the season. But that’s exactly what happened to B.J. Catalon in 2012 with the TCU Horned Frogs. During his freshman season, Catalon carried the running game, averaging 4.7 yards per carry, but could not carry the football past the goal line. Don’t expect a repeat performance in 2013, though.
TCU wasn’t a prolific running team in 2012, but Catalon was very productive for his first year of college football. He finished second on the team with 123 carries for a team-high 582 yards. When it came time to scoring touchdowns, however, Catalon didn’t get the ball as senior Matthew Tucker and quarterback Trevone Boykin took over close the goal line, combining for nine rushing touchdowns. Even the Frogs’ fullback, Laderice Sanders, found the end zone twice and he only recorded three carries all season.
Catalon won’t be denied in 2013, however. Tucker has graduated and Boykin lost the starting job to Casey Pachall, who is much happier staying in the pocket. That makes Catalon the No. 1 rusher by far next fall. Boykin will get his touches in certain packages, but the running game, and the bulk of the touchdowns that comes with it, will inevitably fall to Catalon.
He showed he has the ability to be a successful running back in the Big 12 and in 2013, B.J. Catalon is going to start getting the rushing touchdowns to show for it. Will he do enough to take TCU over the top in 2013?