With the emergence of Joe Protheroe and continued production from Chris Brown, Cal Poly running back Kori Garcia may be the forgotten man among the Mustangs’ three-pronged offensive attack.
A year removed from becoming the 18th Cal Poly player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season, Garcia has yet to find the traction that made him a preseason FCS All-American.
Through three games, the Los Angeles native is averaging 35.7 yards per contest on 36 total carries. Garcia ran for 49 yards against Montana, 30 at Arizona State and was held to 28 against Northern Iowa.
The junior’s frustration was visible late in the game last week, which head coach Tim Walsh said was a product of several factors during a lackluster performance offensively.
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“We have to block the perimeter better than we did,” Walsh said. “And if we don’t, then people are going to force us to play between the tackles and 20 points in this league is not going to win games.”
Garcia rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown against Montana State last fall, and the Mustangs could use a similar breakout effort this week.
Bobcats’ linebacker Mac Bignell will to do his part to make sure that doesn’t happen.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound sophomore leads Montana State in tackles and he was all over the field against Eastern Washington last week, recording 11 tackles and forcing a fumble.
The Bobcats surrendered nearly 670 yards to an Eagles team that posted similar numbers against Pac-12 North favorite Oregon during Week 1.