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Nebraska Football: Mickey Joseph gives Rahmir Johnson update

Nebraska football interim head coach Mickey Joseph give an update on running back Rahmir Johnson’s status heading into Saturday’s game against Purdue.

Johnson hasn’t been a major factor in the Nebraska football offense this season. He has played on the special teams unit in four games this season. He has also seen a little bit of action on offense against North Dakota and Georgia Southern.

Johnson was a big part of Nebraska’s offense last season. He carried the ball 100 of times for 495 yards and four touchdowns. His best game last year came against Minnesota. He carried the football 11 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson averaged 7.5 yards per carry in that contest, with a 29-yard run being the longest of his day.

It was thought that Johnson may have a role on this team as preseason camp began. Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple talked about Johnson being utilized in a wide receiver/running back type of role. So far, that has not materialized.

So far, Johnson has fallen a bit behind in the running back room. Anthony Grant has been the main running back for Nebraska, while Ajay Allen, Gabe Ervin, and Jaquez Yant have all managed to make an impact in the room itself. It’s been kind of baffling to see Johnson disappear out of the equation.

Nevertheless, Joseph gave an update on Johnson, and indicated that the latter would be available for Saturday’s game against Purdue, as noted by Brian Christopherson of Husker247.

“He’s available this week … We’re still going to use him in both roles (as a receiver and running back). He’s a real high football I.Q. kid so you can do that with him.”

There is a chance, Nebraska football uses him in this role. They talked a lot about it before the season began . So far, they have not done so. His participation may be something to watch against Purdue on Saturday.

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