The three running backs Kamal Cass (left), Imani Cross (center) and Rameses Owens (right) fighting for the starting role in Green Bay (photos from GreenBayBlizzard.com).
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Teams in the Indoor Football League headed to training camp this week, meaning the position battles have officially begun. In Green Bay, one of the more competitive spots to watch will be at the running back position. Three players, Kamal Cass, Imani Cross and Rameses Owens, are fighting for the starting role. "Two big, big backs -- two 200-pound guys, and then we got this five-ten little jitterbug," said Green Bay Blizzard Head Coach Corey Roberson. "We got a real great battle going on right there." Owens started off at FCS Robert Morris before ending his collegiate career with D2 Lincoln. The 6-2, 228-pounder ran for 447 yards and five touchdowns in nine games his final season. Cass ran for over 4,000 yards in his career with D2 Eastern New Mexico, rushing for over 100 yards in 20 games. He is a former New Mexico Gatorade Football Player of the Year as a high schooler. Cross played at the University of Nebraska from 2012-2015. As a Cornhusker, he was featured more as a short-yardage rusher, but still amassed more than 1,500 yards and 28 touchdowns. The IFL is one of the more rushing friendly leagues in indoor football, the ground attack in Green Bay looks to be even more dangerous this season. Both of the Blizzard's quarterback candidates are also pretty mobile, so opposing defenses will have to plan around the ground game. While the starting role is still open, Roberson said the opportunity will be available equally for all three candidates. However, one key trait could be the difference. "What we're looking for is consistency," he said. Roberson's full interview is available on AFT Buzz debuting February 8.