Texas A&M doesn’t have a starting quarterback, but it has three running backs it can count on in crunch time.
One of them, sophomore Kendall Bussey, played the role of unexpected hero in last week’s 24-14 victory over Nicholls State, rushing for 92 yards on 13 carries in the fourth quarter to lead the Aggies on a pair of scoring drives.
“It was really a good feeling to be able to get in and actually get going,” Bussey said. “I just wanted to make my presence felt and show the guys on the team I can contribute as well.”
Bussey had been buried on the depth chart behind sophomore Trayveon Williams and senior Keith Ford. Williams became the program’s first true freshman to rush for 1,000 yards last season, and the 215-pound Ford showed why the Aggies were glad to land the Oklahoma transfer as he added 669 yards rushing on 126 carries.
Williams and Ford provided such a dominant 1-2 punch in A&M’s one-back offense last season that the other running backs combined for only 20 carries in 10 games against teams from Power Five conferences. Only 20 and 17 of those carries were by junior James White, who opted to transfer to Lamar after the season.
That’s something Bussey also considered.
“It’s hard to say [how close I was to leaving A&M],” Bussey said. “It’s like [head coach Kevin Sumlin] said: I just wanted to play. I was getting better and better as time went on, and I knew I could contribute in some way.”
This summer Sumlin gave Bussey a week to return home to New Orleans and talk to his family about his future. Bussey had a good sounding board in his…
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