Charleston, W.Va- If you are like me, you are counting down the days until the first kickoff of the 2016-17 Mountaineer football season. Some of the questions running through your head might be: How will Skyler Howard perform this year? Will the defense be as good as last year with so many guys gone from last year’s defensive unit?
For me, I want to see how many of the new recruits from this year’s recruiting class will contribute early and often. JUCO running back Justin Crawford will be one of those players who comes in and makes a name for himself immediately. Named the 2015 NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,610 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Rangers of Northwest Mississippi, Crawford’s dominating play propelled Northwest Mississippi to its first National Championship since 1992.
The impressive running back held 15 school records and also led the nation this past season in all purpose yards with 2,022 in total. Crawford is not only a work horse at running back, averaging 20 carries per game, he has the skills to come out of the backfield and rack up receptions, pulling in 29 catches for 394 yards and six touchdowns last year for the Rangers.
He ended his career as the school’s all-time leading rusher, 3,161 yards, which led to offers from multiple schools from Power Five Conferences across the country, however, he chose to play for the Mountaineers thanks to the recruiting efforts from running backs coach JaJuan Sider and offensive coordinator Joe Wickline. I got a chance to sit down and speak with the impressive JUCO running back on the show about his excitement of playing for the Mountaineers, competing for a starting job, when he will arrive on campus, and more. Listen to the full interview below and check out The Brandon Lowe Show weekday evenings at 5 on AM 950 WBES Charleston.