College Spotlight: Cain soars into 2019 seeking breakout season

The #10-ranked Eagles of Reinhardt University haven’t had the luxury of cruising to a win yet this season. The Eagles used overtime in their latest win, and held off Gardner-Webb 16-6 in the season-opener. Trevae Cain, a Banks County product (C/O 2016) saw more touches in game two (11) than he did in the first (7), which hopefully bodes well for his 2019 redshirt-junior season.

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In parts of three seasons, the dangerous running back has accumulated 707 yards and 15 TDs, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. He also has 7 receptions for 114 yards in his time at Reinhardt. While those numbers are impressive, he’s looking for much more this season.

Cain emerged in 2017 as a redshirt-freshman with career-highs 367 yards and 12 TDs on 80 carries (4.6 yds/carry). He also had 74 receiving yards on 3 catches. Despite the success as a freshman, he saw a drastic decline in workload the following season. In 2018, he carried the ball only 45 times for 213 yards and 3 TD. That was good for 4.7 yards per run. He did miss 3 games last year, which resulted in the downturn in numbers.

With 2019 bringing a new season for Cain and the Eagles, the program will be counting more on the running back. Using his two-game totals of 18 carries comes out to 9 tries per contest. If that average holds up, he should see close to 100 carries throughout the season, which would be a new career high for him. Using his current per carry average of 7.1 yards (a career-high so far), he could end up with around 702 yards rushing on the year.

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That said, Cain would be the first to admit he’d probably like even more carries, and better results than that. Aside from QB Billy Hall, Reinhardt has given Cain the second-most carries among running backs. With his efficiency in the tries he’s getting, expect even more to be thrown on him in the coming weeks and months.

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Cain was an exceptional talent at Banks County, racking up north of 3,000 rushing yards with over 40 career touchdowns as a Leopard. He averaged about 7 yards per carry, and on defense collected over 50 tackles. His senior 2015 season saw him run for 1,339 yards and 18 TD, and he rushed for 871 as a junior with 15 TD. He also had more than 500 receiving yards in his high school career with another 5 TD.

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