It was no secret that running the football was a big part of the Nebraska football game plan on Saturday. The ringleader of the rushing blitzkrieg was none other than transfer Markese Stepp. He had a huge impact on the game Saturday, rushing the football 18 times for 101 yards.
It wasn’t just that he ran the football, he bulldozed his way through the holes. There was no hesitation when it came to running the ball. He just received the handoff and found where he was supposed to go. It was a great thing to see, especially after Nebraska football did not get a ton of production out of the running game last year.
Stepp established himself as the top running back for Nebraska, and he did so with authority. If he can perform like that throughout the rest of the season, the Huskers certainly have something extremely special on their hands.
Nebraska football coaching staff impressed
In speaking to the media on Tuesday, the Nebraska football coaching staff liked what they saw as well.
“I think you could make the argument that he might have ran the hardest in the last game,” Lubick said. “I’ve been really happy with his improvement, and part of his improvement, even though he’s an experienced guy and he played at a good school before he got here, you’ve still got to know the offense, you’ve still got to know all the footwork that we’re asking him to do that’s different than what he did at USC.
“The one thing is he does is, when the ball’s in his hands, he runs hard and he runs downhill, which we need.”
He definitely has shown that he can be the reliable running back Nebraska football needs. The program will still rotate running backs, which I think is a very smart move. We got to see contributions from everybody on Saturday. With that being said, there is no doubt that Stepp’s presence was felt.
As the season goes on, I’ll be intrigued to see if he can continue to make a big impact. There is no doubt that he has the tough running style that Nebraska football wants on offense. This is something that I thought they needed last year, and should be a staple of the offense moving forward. If nothing else, it looked pretty damn good on Saturday. It was good, old-fashioned, hard-nosed football.