Larry Rose III, Running Back, New Mexico State University
Weight: 195 lbs.
2017 Season Stats: 187 rushing attempts, 949 yards (5 ypc), 10 TDs; 55 receptions, 522 yards, 2 TDs
First of all, I’d just like to say WHAT’S UP AGGIE FANS? It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve written...because it has. But I’m here now to preview Larry Rose III, one of the greatest (if not the greatest) running back ever to come out of Las Cruces.
Recruited out of Fairfield, Texas, most coaches wanted LRIII to play for them as a defensive back. It makes sense considering he is 5’9”, but he did put up 2,924 yards and 49 touchdowns as a high school senior compared with seven tackles, six PBUs and one interception on defense. Given those stats, it seems like Rose is a natural runner and he knew that.
He just needed a Division 1 coach to give him a chance to prove it.
Doug Martin was that coach.
After all, he did give another undersized player by the name of Julian Edelman a chance to play QB at Kent State and we all know how his NFL career has turned out.
This time was no different. Larry Rose III has been one of the best running backs ever to come out of NMSU. He was a Third Team All-American in 2015, Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2015, has won numerous Player of the Week Awards and either tied or broke many school rushing records.
LRIII is a shifty back who is able to dodge defenders and find even the smallest running lanes. One of the best things he does (I think) is follows his blocks and utilizes them to create the best running lane. He’s also got great vision.
Larry is also really versatile as he returned punts and kickoffs and is a great receiver out of the backfield, all of which should help boost his draft stock. Rose is also a great cutter and has enough speed to get to the outside. Did I mention he’s shifty? (1:45 of video).
I hate putting this, but one con is his size. He’s not the biggest and won’t run anyone over but I personally don’t put much weight into that fact. If you can play, you can play. Also, he’s not afraid of contact despite his size.
He might not have played the best competition and his stats suffered during those games, but that’s mostly because the team was behind and had to pass.
Larry Rose III is a great back with quickness and a shiftiness not always seen. He’s a selfless teammate and is very versatile. Despite his lack of size and smaller competition, I still think he will find a team as smaller backs from smaller schools have shown they can play in the NFL (think Tarik Cohen).