In a season with a lot of uncertainty on the offensive side of the ball it’s fair to say that the team found a formula that worked; Max Brosmer and his young offense funneled through the running backs.
The offense was held down by a true-first-year quarterback, and each of their top-three running backs and wide receivers featured a senior, a sophomore, and a redshirt first year player. Among this young core was redshirt first-year running back Dylan Laube.
While players like seniors Evan Gray and Malik Love may have been more productive at their specific positions, nobody provided the versatility that Laube did. The dynamic athlete from New York ran for 285 yards and reeled in 412 receiving yards on the season for 697 total yards of offense and five touchdowns.
Laube rushed for over 30 yards four different times and recorded at least 30 receiving yards seven times including each of the final five games. He averaged 41.20 yards per game through the air, which is almost 10 more yards than number one wide receiver Brian Espanet.
Along with the fact that Laube was an instant spark plug for Brosmer and the offense, he also was a major factor in the kick return game. Laube’s 675 kick return yards nearly matched his total yards of offense this year. His 23.3 yards per return ranked 36th in all the FCS, and his 675 yards ranks 16th. What makes his number even more impressive is the fact that Laube played two less games than nearly everybody in front of him on the list.