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TJ Pledger: Commits to OU

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Let me say this one more time: our offense is unlikely to attract a top four-star RB. We'll continue to get good three-stars and local prodigies.
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Let me say this one more time: our offense is unlikely to attract a top four-star RB. We'll continue to get good three-stars and local prodigies.
This shouldn't be true but is. What school, other than USC has our RB tradition? This focus on the passing game will doom us to be a mid level BIG player. The analogy I see is Purdue under Joe Tiller. Typically north of .500 but never physical enough to be a top 10 team.
 
This shouldn't be true but is. What school, other than USC has our RB tradition? This focus on the passing game will doom us to be a mid level BIG player. The analogy I see is Purdue under Joe Tiller. Typically north of .500 but never physical enough to be a top 10 team.
Who is telling us we are focusing on the passing game? Where did we come up with this? We had a WR transfer out because he didn't think we are going to throw that much. We were in the top 2 for one of the best RBs in the nation, but the conclusion is that we won't attract top RBs? Quite honestly if you go look at who we are in the top schools for this year and last year for RBs, that screams we are attracting them. We can't close on them though, so is that really a style issue or is it something else?

I just find it odd in a thread where we were in the final 2 for the one of the best RBs in the nation the narrative is we won't be able to attract top RB talent. Just because we attract some of the best WRs in the nation based on who is recruiting them doesn't mean that's what we are focusing on. A kid that committed to USC a couple months ago is telling kids looking around to check out Nebraska because of our WRs coach. That's the difference, not offensive style.
 
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Who is telling us we are focusing on the passing game? Where did we come up with this? We had a WR transfer out because he didn't think we are going to throw that much. We were in the top 2 for one of the best RBs in the nation, but the conclusion is that we won't attract top RBs? Quite honestly if you go look at who we are in the top schools for this year and last year for RBs, that screams we are attracting them. We can't close on them though, so is that really a style issue or is it something else?

I just find it odd in a thread where we were in the final 2 for the one of the best RBs in the nation the narrative is we won't be able to attract top RB talent. Just because we attract some of the best WRs in the nation based on who is recruiting them doesn't mean that's what we are focusing on. A kid that committed to USC a couple months ago is telling kids looking around to check out Nebraska because of our WRs coach. That's the difference, not offensive style.

Could it have to do with RB coaches recruiting ability. Just a thought.
 
Could it have to do with RB coaches recruiting ability. Just a thought.
I'm more on that side than anything else but this recruiting cycle will solidify my stance, haven't made up my mind yet. I mean, four star Tre Bryant is the starter if the season started tomorrow and that's a Davis guy. But we are lacking in this area for sure. Davis is weakest link in our staff recruiting right now in my opinion. Doesn't mean I think he should be gone, yet.
 
Who is telling us we are focusing on the passing game? Where did we come up with this? We had a WR transfer out because he didn't think we are going to throw that much. We were in the top 2 for one of the best RBs in the nation, but the conclusion is that we won't attract top RBs? Quite honestly if you go look at who we are in the top schools for this year and last year for RBs, that screams we are attracting them. We can't close on them though, so is that really a style issue or is it something else?

I just find it odd in a thread where we were in the final 2 for the one of the best RBs in the nation the narrative is we won't be able to attract top RB talent. Just because we attract some of the best WRs in the nation based on who is recruiting them doesn't mean that's what we are focusing on. A kid that committed to USC a couple months ago is telling kids looking around to check out Nebraska because of our WRs coach. That's the difference, not offensive style.

Nobody is telling us that but it's easy to infer. Riley has never had a potent rushing attack. Yes he did have a couple 1000 yard rushers but overall they still weren't at the top of the PAC-10 team wise. My recollection is year 1 about 70% of the snaps in practice were pass plays. We had a QB who was a very good runner and poor passer yet many games we threw it 40+ times. I think we ran it once or twice on 3rd and 3 and very rarely on 3rd and 2. Tre Bryant was a 3 star and Riley has yet to close on a 4 star RB. When the defense and special teams performed poorly he made changes to the staff. Yet in 2 years being in the bottom half of the BIG in rushing he hasn't made any changes. Same OL coach and same RB coach. No one brought in to bring another perspective on the run game.

That all tells me his philosophy remains pass heavy. Sure he wants "balance" but it seems like the run game serves to keep the defense honest, gain a yard on 3rd and 1 and burn a little clock at the end. Otherwise it's pass first.
 
Nobody is telling us that but it's easy to infer. Riley has never had a potent rushing attack. Yes he did have a couple 1000 yard rushers but overall they still weren't at the top of the PAC-10 team wise. My recollection is year 1 about 70% of the snaps in practice were pass plays. We had a QB who was a very good runner and poor passer yet many games we threw it 40+ times. I think we ran it once or twice on 3rd and 3 and very rarely on 3rd and 2. Tre Bryant was a 3 star and Riley has yet to close on a 4 star RB. When the defense and special teams performed poorly he made changes to the staff. Yet in 2 years being in the bottom half of the BIG in rushing he hasn't made any changes. Same OL coach and same RB coach. No one brought in to bring another perspective on the run game.

That all tells me his philosophy remains pass heavy. Sure he wants "balance" but it seems like the run game serves to keep the defense honest, gain a yard on 3rd and 1 and burn a little clock at the end. Otherwise it's pass first.
I guess when I think "pass heavy" that is what people refer to as throwing more than running. We weren't bottom half of the league both years, one year we were top half and one year bottom half per ESPN yards/game. That still isn't acceptable but when you think about us running the ball 523 times last year and throwing it 400 times, that means over half the time we were running the ball and doesn't scream "pass heavy" to me or "pass first." Tre Bryant was a 4 star on 247 sports but i'll agree every other service had him as a 3 star so no need to split hairs there.

What scares me to say is that we aren't pass heavy, but we are more efficient passing as it pertained to last year (looking at us throwing much less than running but being ranked higher in passing/game). That makes me almost want to vomit when thinking about our completion percentage and that our QB was more of a run threat. I think there's a lot of reasons for that. I think the first is when you go to practice, our DL is going hard at each other "live" and you look down at Cav and the OL and they are just working technique things. Now, that's not all the time, but it was something I earmarked to look back on. The other thing is we just don't go live all that much during the week, so things like 7 on 7 are more beneficial to us and then when we have to pick up that 3rd and short and want to run, we don't have as much practice doing it and less success.

I guess to circle it back to the original debate, I think Cav and Davis aren't getting the most out of the guys currently, and that is a place that is on watch for this season. But if an opposing coach tried negative recruiting saying "Nebraska is pass heavy" they could get put to shame with the simple numbers that make that statement inaccurate. The running game is going to have to set up the passing game for 2017 with play-action and a less mobile QB. It will be interesting to see if this year we finally pass more than we run, but in the first two years, that just simply hasn't been the case.
 
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Who is telling us we are focusing on the passing game? Where did we come up with this? We had a WR transfer out because he didn't think we are going to throw that much. We were in the top 2 for one of the best RBs in the nation, but the conclusion is that we won't attract top RBs? Quite honestly if you go look at who we are in the top schools for this year and last year for RBs, that screams we are attracting them. We can't close on them though, so is that really a style issue or is it something else?

I just find it odd in a thread where we were in the final 2 for the one of the best RBs in the nation the narrative is we won't be able to attract top RB talent. Just because we attract some of the best WRs in the nation based on who is recruiting them doesn't mean that's what we are focusing on. A kid that committed to USC a couple months ago is telling kids looking around to check out Nebraska because of our WRs coach. That's the difference, not offensive style.
These idiots have an agenda...to them 1 pass is 1 pass to many.
 

One of the recruiting gurus was talking about pledger the other day and I got the impression that NU never really had much of a chance if OU offered.
 
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