As I take a look at all the positions in the Nebraska football program, I am finding reasons to be optimistic about the running back room. Although it was one of the positions that got a major overhaul in the offseason, the talent combined with the coaching leads me to believe this.
When you look at some of the main faces in the room, there is reason to be optimistic. Anthony Grant has received a ton of praise this spring. Rahmir Johnson looks to continue to be that stable back he was last season. We saw flashes of Jaquez Yant last year, although I personally wish we could have seen him a little bit more.
If anything, there are bodies in the room for Brian Applewhite to work with. They did lose one on Monday in Deondre Jackson. Depth might have been part of the reason why.
Optimism for Nebraska football running back room
Just looking at the returning production, Johnson rushed the ball 112 times for 495 yards and a touchdown. Yant rushed the ball 47 times for 294 yards and a touchdown.
Those are not Doak Walker Award-winning statistics by either player. However, there is no denying that they were a key piece of the running game last season.
There was a buzz surrounding Anthony Grant all spring, and why shouldn’t there be? He is coming off a season with 1,730 yards and 18 touchdowns in the junior college ranks. He was the NJCAA Player of the Year for a reason. He performed well in the spring game, giving us even more reason to believe he can be a solid player.
With all that in mind, it’s easy to see why Frost is optimistic about the position.
Frost seemed really pleased with Applewhite’s work so far. He said running backs room “needed some discipline … and he’s done a great job recruiting … and is another great influence for our whole team.”
Obviously, there are games to be played and future practices to be held. Nevertheless, there seems to be some real momentum building in the running back room, and that is certainly a step in the right direction.