College Football

Injury forces Hawks to juggle personnel in revamped backfield

QU running back Oscee Calhoun runs the ball spring football at QU stadium on Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018. At right is QU's Keith Craig. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 25, 2018 10:55 pm Updated: Aug. 25, 2018 11:05 pm

QUINCY -- The Quincy University football staff thought it had found a dynamic duo after signing a pair of junior college running backs.

Only half of that duo will play this season.

Oscee Calhoun, who transferred from Feather River Community College in Quincy, Calif., came out of spring practice as the Hawks' No. 1 running back. However, he underwent surgery to place a rod in his foot to stabilize a fractured bone and will not play this season.

It pushes Chris Brinson, a transfer from Eastern Arizona Community College, into the starting role in the backfield.

"We had the (Southern Cal teammates) Lendale White-Reggie Bush thought process going. We had thunder and lightning," QU coach Gary Bass said. "We were excited about seeing both of those guys play. It definitely dampers things a bit."

Calhoun rushed for 517 yards in his sophomore season at Feather River, averaging 5 yards per carry. The 5-foot-10, 225-pound Calhoun became the No. 1 option as the Hawks looked to replace Chris Harris, a 2,000-yard career rusher who graduated last year.

"He's a guy we were counting on to be a big-time player for us," Bass said. "That's a big blow."

Brinson was a late addition to the QU recruiting class. The 5-9, 205-pound runner had 12 touchdowns in his first nine games as a freshman at Eastern Arizona in 2016, scoring six on the ground and six on kick returns. As a sophomore, he helped the Gilamonsters win the Salt City Bowl over Hutchinson, Kan., catching an 84-yard touchdown pass.

"Brinson has turned out to be the type of home-run hitter we've needed in years past," Bass said. "He's got the speed. He's got the vision. He's got the toughness. Overall, he's a complete back in a lot of things he can do."

Darries Rainey, a 5-7, 190-pound back from Trinity Catholic in St. Louis, is No. 2 on the depth chart.

"He's been a bright spot for us," Bass said. "He's sort of a mix of Oscee and Brinson. He's explosive with a lot of speed and a lot of power."

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