By Matt Noonan
Our ‘Players to watch in 2012’ continues with Bentley University’s fifth-year running back Bobby Tarr.
* Tarr is a 2008 graduate of Bishop Fenwick High School and was a three-sport athlete with the Crusaders. He concluded his senior year in 2007 with 2,547 yards on the ground and 31 touchdowns, which led all eastern Massachusetts halfbacks.
* He was named the Most Improved Offensive Player in 2010 after leading his team in rushing with 601 yards. Also that same year, he tallied 149 yards on the ground against Stonehill College.
* In 2011, he led the Falcons rushing attack with 860 yards, and five touchdowns. Tarr also caught 11 passes for 72 yards, but did not reach the end zone as a receiver.
* Tarr rushed for two scores in back-to-back games against American International and Merrimack College.
* His most productive game on the ground came against Stonehill when he tallied 170 yards on 16 carries. During that same game, he ripped off an impressive 78-yard dash.
* In the team’s final game against Assumption, he recorded one tackle on defense.
2012 Outlook: Last season, Tarr and the Falcons running backs tallied 1,672 yards on 344 carries and 15 touchdowns. So, once again, expect Bentley to utilize the run this season, as well as Tarr.
Excluding his freshman season, the fifth-year back has gradually increased over the past three years. His yardage has improved, and he’s also seen a great deal of touches, too. Last year, he averaged 86 yards per game and 6.3 yards per carry, as well as recorded the most touchdowns on the ground in his Bentley career.
If the Falcons offensive line can open up the necessary holes, which they did at times last year, then Tarr will certainly be a factor. He is 5-10, 195 pounds and has no problem fighting for extra yards, so keep your eyes peeled for him between the 20’s, as well as in the red zone.
This year, I am expecting the Byfield native to match his performance from last season on the ground. Also, I believe that he’ll finish his final season with six or seven touchdowns, and will once again be the Falcons leading rusher.