July 9, 2008
Many position areas are uncertain for the Cavalier football team, but one position that Al Groh and his coaches can be comfortable with is running back. While many areas have lost experienced veterans, the back field will feature two such veterans.
Red-shirt junior Mikell Simpson and senior Cedric Peerman both return, and both look to make an impact in 2008. Peerman was the starter for the first six games of the season in 2007, and was on pace to have a career year, when he injured his foot on October 6 at Middle Tennessee State. The injury sidelined Peerman for the remainder of the season. He had scored six touchdowns and averaged 97.5 yards per game prior to the injury.
Simpson appeared in all 13 games, but picked up where Peerman left off in the summer. After seeing time at receiver, Simpson took advantage of his time as the starting running back. He scored eight touchdowns and set a Gator Bowl record with A 96 yard touchdown rush.
This season, both will be competing for the starting job. Al Groh says that both are glad to have the other, but both will battle for the majority of the time. Groh is quick to point out that neither played for a full season taking a majority of the snaps, so it will be different for both of them.