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RB by Committee or does one Emerge?

YUENGLING

Junior Varsity
10 Year Member
Interesting RB group this year. Gabe Ervin will be back from injury after being the guy early. Is he the leader of the group? Rahmir Johnson was strong late in the season. Grant certainly showed some explosiveness in the Spring game. Of course everyone will be hoping Yant can show something. Intriguing group. I don't know much about Whipple's approach to RBs. It sure would be nice to have someone be the primary (get a 1,000 yard rusher) with a group of change of pace and depth. Sure seems like this group has a chance for that?
Allen gets on the field in the Oklahoma game and becomes a freshman phenom and on his way to a legendary Husker career.
 

Keefover

Lurker with posting privilege
5 Year Member
Interesting RB group this year. Gabe Ervin will be back from injury after being the guy early. Is he the leader of the group? Rahmir Johnson was strong late in the season. Grant certainly showed some explosiveness in the Spring game. Of course everyone will be hoping Yant can show something. Intriguing group. I don't know much about Whipple's approach to RBs. It sure would be nice to have someone be the primary (get a 1,000 yard rusher) with a group of change of pace and depth. Sure seems like this group has a chance for that?
I think Yant is going to be a dude this year. He was super timid last year and regardless of his size always seemed to fall backwards at the point of contact. He has retooled his body and is a lot more explosive. I would expect to see RJ in a lot of swing passes or 3rd down situational stuff. Hell even the screen game depending on how defenses rush. I would expect to see GR or Grant in a traditional back role. Probably play the hot hand approach.
 

NorthwoodHusker

All American
2 Year Member
I think Yant is going to be a dude this year. He was super timid last year and regardless of his size always seemed to fall backwards at the point of contact. He has retooled his body and is a lot more explosive. I would expect to see RJ in a lot of swing passes or 3rd down situational stuff. Hell even the screen game depending on how defenses rush. I would expect to see GR or Grant in a traditional back role. Probably play the hot hand approach.
If Grants a tough hard nosed runner in the Big, he might beat out Gabe, time will tell. If he can hold up.
I feel Gabes injury was a freak thing, but time will tell with him too
 

Husker In Oklahoma

All American
15 Year Member
So, what, 25-30 run plays per game, along with 35-40+ pass plays per game? That’s not a lot of carries to go around, so whoever it is, will likely be someone who excels in pass catching and blocking. Might see some of these dudes exit after fall camp, or shortly after. Probably only room for 3 dudes, baring injury, to see the field fairly regular. No idea who it will be, but it’s pretty crowded in there. Definitely won’t be able to keep them all. Maybe one guy can separate himself? Will be fun to watch it play out.
 

cthusker

You talken to me?
5 Year Member
I'd take this type of production from our RB's.....

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MHKHusker

Fake Quarterback
5 Year Member
Me personally, I’d like to see Yant turn into that B1G bell-cow every-down back like Mo Ibrahim, Ozigbo, etc. with Grant and Ervin as our change of pace guys. Rahmir will be more of a passing down back which ALWAYS has a place in Mark Whipple’s offense
 

cthusker

You talken to me?
5 Year Member
So basically Whipple likes to have a committee is what I’m seeing. Hopefully that can translate to the B1G but most teams have a bell-cow guy so maybe Yant?
Might have also been created because of injuries? Look at the BIG and the number of #1 RB's that are injured almost every season? I'd say you'd best have several RB's that are good if you plan on doing a lot of running in the BIG. I think Wisky lost all 3 of their top RB's and lucked into finding a defensive player (Bralelon Allen) that became a hell of a RB.
 

NorthwoodHusker

All American
2 Year Member
Might have also been created because of injuries? Look at the BIG and the number of #1 RB's that are injured almost every season? I'd say you'd best have several RB's that are good if you plan on doing a lot of running in the BIG. I think Wisky lost all 3 of their top RB's and lucked into finding a defensive player (Bralelon Allen) that became a hell of a RB.
Minny lost their guy too
 

NorthwoodHusker

All American
2 Year Member
The BIG is a freaken meat grinder for RB's imo. Hence we might be better positioned with several RB's that can get it done as opposed to one super star RB.
Thats just it,how many years are taken from Big RBs going next level.
A rare back in the NFL that lasts 7 years starts the clock ticking once hes starting in the Big
 
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