CFB Player Profile: RB David Bailey, Boston College

RB David Bailey, Boston College

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HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Ridgely, MD (North Caroline)
247 RATING: .8381
YEAR: Junior

Rushing: 205 rushes, 1,097 yards (5.4 ypc), 9 touchdowns
Receiving: 10 catches, 94 yards (9.4 ypc), 1 touchdown

Rushing: 148 rushes, 844 yards (5.7 ypc), 7 touchdowns
Receiving: 10 catches, 94 yards (9.4 ypc), 1 touchdown


David Bailey Breakdown

AJ Dillon ran the show for the Boston College Eagles rushing attack, but his durability left concerns about life without him. They received an answer last year, and should expect a similar approach with David Bailey taking over. A similar player to his predecessor, Bailey will see more rushes this year and gives the Eagles continuity at the position.

Boston College is showing over the last few years that they like a certain type of running back. Dillon came in at 6’0” 245 pounds, and Bailey is basically his twin at 6’1”, 240 pounds. Any defender that tries to tackle him won’t be happy with how their body feels the next day. Contact doesn’t scare him one bit, and he’s most likely going to win any one-on-one matchup he sees. Just get him the football, let him run straight ahead, and there’s not much the defense can do once he gets through an opening. Boston College’s offensive line returns a ton of talent this year, and Bailey shouldn’t have much trouble finding running room. Like Dillon, Bailey’s a bowling ball who bounces off any tackler no matter how big they are or how hard they hit.

With the size he plays with, it’s tough for him to breakaway from defenders with speed. Breaking contain and getting to the outside won’t happen often with him running the ball, and he’ll rely on his power and size to get him yards. Same with quickness. If Bailey breaks someone’s ankles with a move, it should be put on a highlight reel. It’s just not going to happen. His goal is to run over the guy in front of him, and it’s going to work more often than not.

As a backup, David Bailey rushed for 839 yards, so imagine what he can do with a starter’s worth of carries. His running style is eerily similar to Dillon’s, and now he gets a chance to show what he can do as the go-to guy.

Joe Broback
Joe Broback

Joe Broback is a college football contributor for Sports and Fitness Digest.

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