This makes sense because of the injury to Ajay Allen. What was once a crowded running back room is now a little bit thinner. However, this will give Ervin a chance to reestablish himself as a top running back.
He is not going to overtake Anthony Grant for the top spot. However, Nebraska football has been using two running backs in their offense with good success. Allen had 33 total carries on the year, and he recorded 11 carries twice throughout the course of the season. There were chances for him to really get into a rhythm and show his explosiveness. Ervin can have that same opportunity as well.
He rushed the football 37 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. The running back suffered his season-ending injury against Oklahoma last year. He was well on his way to making an impact in the running game early on last season before the injury.
Now, he will have a chance to reenter an offense where running the football is perhaps its greatest strength. The Huskers have made it a point to run the football because of Anthony Grant, and opportunities have followed for the second running back. Running the football is one of the most important parts of this Nebraska football offense.
This is the perfect situation for Ervin as he looks to really get back into the swing of things. He should get some carries when Nebraska takes on Indiana on Saturday. Indiana ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 3.6 yards allowed per carry. They are a bit stingy in terms of rushing yards, as they allow 149.5 yards per game. Nevertheless, there is some wiggle room there.
It be intrigued to see how Ervin does in the second spot. A good game on Saturday could make up for the loss of Allen, and put Ervin right back in the thick of the running back room. In my opinion, it is time to shine right now.