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Nebraska Football: Coaching staff buzzing about skill of Jaquez Yant

Jaquez Yant is good at football. That much is clear following his performance against Northwestern In the Nebraska football win on Saturday.

He carried the ball 13 times for 127 yards, averaging 9.8 yards per carry. Watching him run was like watching a boulder roll down the hill. He was as explosive as they came on Saturday night. In what was a great day for the Nebraska football program, Yant made his case to be a bigger part of the running back conversation moving forward.

During their press conferences on Tuesday, the Nebraska football coaches made it sound like that was going to be the case. They were impressed with his skill set, and noted that they are trying to build a rushing attack and rushing style similar to have the plays.

To me, that makes complete sense. When you look at how he runs, he runs with physicality. He also has a bit of subtle quickness and the way he moves. That allows him to throw defenders off just enough to gain extra room to run. He is really fascinating to watch, and the fact that he offers a bit of a blueprint for how Nebraska football wants to utilize the running backs is encouraging.

In particular, offensive line coach Greg Austin and offensive coordinator Matt Lubick were impressed with what they saw. Why wouldn’t they be? For me, he is exactly the type of running back that Nebraska football wants Sevion Morrison to become. To be fair, Morrison is getting there.

“It’s huge. Yards after contact is something we talk about all the time,” Lubick said. “Yant did a great job of taking advantage of his opportunity and running physical. Running through arms. Running with low pad level. Had good ball security. That’s a big deal because that’s something that, we haven’t done a great job of that. That was big to see him give us that.”

As Nebraska football gets set to take on Michigan Saturday, it will be intriguing to see what his role is. Will it get bigger? Will they use  him in special situations? It sounds like the Nebraska football coaching staff wants to use Yant more.

“(Yant) came out and ran well. Very proud of him,” offensive line coach and run game coordinator Greg Austin said Tuesday. “Now it’s can you do that consistently? Can we hit those same blocks consistently? Can we hit the hole consistently? And that’s what we’re working on.”

Nebraska football is working on making Yant better, and that is certainly a step in the right direction. It will be interesting to see how he will be able to build off his performance against Northwestern. One thing is for sure, he has talent. Not only that, he has a bright future ahead of him.

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