A couple of years ago I was at a Butler scrimmage and I witnessed this running back just dominating the JV part of the scrimmage. One of the Butler assistants at the time said “that #20 is going to be the future of Butler Football.” Here we are, and the future is now for Jamal Worthy, a Class of 2020 running back that is a sledgehammer of a back but also has some receiving capabilities out of the backfield for the Bulldogs.
When you turn on his highlight film, Worthy is a powerful inside runner, and it’s on a variety of different runs - straight dives from an upback position, the inside zone game from gun, as well as the inside trap/counter game from the wing position as Butler is a very creative offensive team that can move it’s best players around to gain advantages. Worthy rarely goes down on first contact, and has some very impressive runs where he breaks multiple tackles to gain first downs and touchdowns.
However, what makes Worthy special is he has the speed to excel in the outside zone game, and this is a play that Butler runs very well, and Worthy reads his keys for his blockers and landmarks very well, knowing when to press the outside or when to cut inside and take what the defense gives him. Worthy also has some soft hands for a big man in the passing game, catching screen passes from the backfield, as well as a variety of routes out of the backfield vs. man coverage against linebackers especially.
Listed at 6’2 212 pounds, Worthy does have a frame to where he could play another position on the next level if a college projects his future at another spot, however Worthy has done some special things with the ball in his hands so far in his career, and I expect that we will see plenty more this upcoming season!
Highlight Film Link: http://www.hudl.com/v/2AvVTw