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Shawn Zobel

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Sproles Charges Ahead

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It's become apparent that, at the age of 30, it's a near guarantee that a running back is going to begin to fall off and his production will decrease significantly. As is the case for 30-year old LaDainian Tomlinson, older veterans are often replaced by younger, faster backs with higher upside than what the veteran could provide for their team.

In San Diego, fifth-year running back Darren Sproles is essentially grabbing the reins of the running back position and running away with it. Sproles? quickness and agility are what makes him such a dynamic threat.

I've been following Sproles's career since he was one of the top running backs in the nation in college. In 2003, Sproles led the nation in rushing, led his Kansas State Wildcats to their first-ever Big 12 Conference Championship, and also led the Wildcats to a victory over the top ranked team in the nation, the Oklahoma Sooners. Sproles is a very talented player who just started to break out onto the national scene last season. With Tomlinson appearing to be fading away in southern California, as well as the brand new contract the Chargers gave to Sproles this offseason, everything is aligning up right for Sproles to take over as one of the running backs of the future in San Diego.

At this time, there is no question that Darren Sproles is more explosive than Tomlinson. Two or three years ago, that may not have been the case. However, between Sproles hitting his prime and Tomlinson's production slipping dramatically, Sproles has proved that he's by far the more explosive back for the Chargers.

By Shawn Zobel  |  September 16, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  | Category:  Running Backs , San Diego Chargers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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