Throughout the course of the season, the Nebraska football program has been hesitant to name a starting running back. I totally get it, because the depth they have at the position allows them to get equal impact from everybody. However, there was a running back that caught my eye on Saturday, and one that I will watch for the rest of the season.
Rahmir Johnson played very well on Saturday. When he was able to get running lanes, he made the most of them. He carried the ball 19 times for 76 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. They were not easy yards either, they were extremely tough yards. 76 yards was a high him on the season, and he was a bright spot in what was a heartbreaking loss for the offense.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Matt Lubick was hesitant to name a starting running back. Nevertheless, he indicated he was impressed with what Johnson was able to do on Saturday, as well as his effort throughout the course of the season.
One thing I noticed about him just from watching him on my end is that he is fast. Once he gets into the open field and has a little bit of space, he can make things happen. Problem is, Nebraska football running backs haven’t really had the opportunity to get open space. That’s another conversation for another day. I’ve been really impressed with what he has been able to bring to the table. It’s a welcome spark plug in a deep running back room.
In the meantime, Lubick indicated that the coaching staff has been very happy with the improvements that Johnson has made.
Has Rahmir Johnson definitely separated as RB1? “I think it’s a little too early to call. We’ve been happy with what Rahmir has done. He’s definitely gotten better. Tough to say if he’s separated from the other guys” long term, but coaches are happy with his improvements.
I can’t wait to see how Johnson continues to make an impact. He has shown that when he gets an opportunity, he can make the most of it. In my opinion, we need to see more Rahmir Johnson.