When we talk about positional play from various groups for Nebraska football, one of the groups that showed a little bit of promise was the running back position. All off-season, you have heard me talk about the depth that the program has created. We saw it a little bit on Saturday.
In particular, we saw running back Rahmir Johnson get some snaps. He is a guy who I have not really talked about as of late. However, he certainly made his presence known. Johnson only rushed four times for 11 yards, on a day when Illinois defense made life difficult for the running backs.
In speaking to the media on Wednesday, Matt Lubick indicated that Johnson may get more carries as the season goes on. To me, this sounds like his role could increase. We know he has speed, and we know he has talent. That much is clear. Can he emerge from a deep running back room? I believe he can.
As for now, the Nebraska football program is just focused on getting him additional touches. That did not happen against Illinois.
“He had a good week of practice. We were going to play him more, that was our anticipation for the game anyway, but based on the first half and not a lot of snaps, it kind of just worked out that way,” Lubick said.
“We thought he could maybe give us a little bit of a spark,” Lubick said. “His familiarity with the offense and pass protections, all of that kind of worked into it.”
Could this mean that he see a bigger role down the road? I believe yes it does. With Fordham on Saturday, Nebraska football should be able to get snaps for many players. Assuming things go well for the Nebraska offense, Johnson could certainly be in the picture for playing time.
The comments above to me indicate that we will see more of Johnson. I certainly would not be against that. His familiarity with the program may be an asset. At this point, the program should try whatever it takes to win football games.