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yes my friend....gets me goin everytime
"Those Who Stay...Will be Champions"
1. In his 7 on 7 tape he comes down with stuff others wouldn't. Competes hard as anyone I've seen for the ball.
2. Still very much a back. Borges likes to run the sweep from the jet with Gallon, now it will be Norfleet.
3. Really hoping that Norfleet is the guy catching those bootleg-throwback screens that Vincent Smith turned into a half dozen touchdowns the last couple years.
4. Running that tunnel screen with Braden/Kalis/Lewan/Schofield releasing to block for Norfleet is gonna look like a scene from the Lord of the Rings. Wanna see that Orcish looking Shazier get flattened.
5. Screw Percy Harvin. Kids are gonna wanna be the next Dennis Norfleet.
I just wanna see him break something in the open field and blow by the angles, take it to the house, and then flex in the endzone
how do you guys see our RB situation this year?
I see it like this - % of carries:
Toussaint - 50%
Green - 30%
Hayes - 8%
Gardner - 4%
Norfleet - 4%
Full back (Houma/Kerridge) - 3%
Johnson - 1%
I could see getting a primary RB (either Toussaint or Green) taking over and getting 60-70 percent of the carries. I like Hayes as a change of pace kind of back, especially if they are really moving Norfleet. I think Norfleet will still get plenty of carries in the offense, on endarounds and in motion going to the backfield. I think the FB will see an increase in production as we move to a more power running style. i think Houma has the talent to carry the ball very well and surprise people. Gardner will still get carries in the pistol. I could see him getting more like 10% if our RBs are not producing. Keeping him injury free is very key this year, so i doubt they run him a ton...
I think Gardner would get, at most, 5% of the planned carries. That number could go up based on his scrambling ability, but like you said, injury is such a big concern that we're going to let the RBs take the vast majority of the blows. It's a bit hard to speculate about percentages, because I think our relatively easy OOC schedule and the general lack of quality in the B1G will allow us to run up a lot of scores early and turn the offense over to the second stringers.
Ultimately, I think our top two RBs will should the load for about 85% of the carries. We know Hoke and Borges want a bellcow, and it remains to be seen if Fitz can handle that role coming off injury. I think the final tally ends up around 45% Fitz, 40% Green. It'll start off tilted more towards Fitz, but by midseason Green will be in practically an equal platoon. He's just too good to keep off the field.
Similarly, I think next year sees Green start off as the bellcow, but Smith comes in and picks up the majority of the secondary carries, and his role increases throughout the year.
Are you forgetting about Rawls or just implying he gets passed by the other guys? FWIW I don't disagree if its the latter.
couldn't agree more
i forgot him. i had his named typed in there at one point too. We have a lot of backs now... its going to be hard to give guys like Rawls and Johnson regular carries. I think Rawls falls simply because Toussaint is better and i think Green will be better even as a true freshman and the three of them are fairly similar kinds of backs. Hayes makes more sense, to me, as the #3 (change of pace back) then Rawls.
Agree completely on Hayes. I think he passes Rawls as third down back for the same reason. Everyone talked about Rawls running with that mean streak in practices but I never really saw it in the games.
i think Toussaint and Green are both faster then Rawls... correct me if i'm wrong on that one. I really thought Rawls was going to come in and punch defenders in the mouth... just really havent seen that from him.
They both are. Rawls' reputation was that he was a tough-as-nails bowling ball of a RB, but he hasn't really shown the ability to translate his tackle-breaking success in high school to college, and he doesn't have the speed to make up for it if he isn't blowing through/over would-be tacklers.
Hell, even DeVeon Smith is faster than Rawls, and Smith isn't exactly known for his speed.
I couldnt agree more with this. 2014 season RB situation looks like this, to me:
Smith RS FR
Hayes RS JR
Johnson RS SO
I don't know about that. Rawls may lack wiggle, but I think he has good straight line speed. Didn't he bust a long TD run at Minnesota last year?
I'd be willing to give Rawls one more crack at it this year. We didn't have the best run blocking line last year so I'd like to see what he can do behind a presumably better line. I guess that would go for all the RBs though.
I want Toussaint, Green and Hayes to be getting the carries when the blocking is good.
Rawls' best chance to get carries is to show he could hit a slim-to-non-existent hole and fall forward for a couple of yards. However, he was neither very powerful or decisive. Give him another shot, but if he needs the line to open up holes just as much as the other guys, I just don't see what he brings to the table.
63 yarder against Illinois.
I just hope he gets some touches. I think he could have been a decent change of pace back, but this is a good move if he gets the ball more this way. I love the previous poster's suggestion at the throwback screens. I'm sure we'll also see him run a couple of jet sweeps, as he did last year.
Makes sense, especially with Hayes emergence as the 3rd down back. Now if Borges can just get over his fear of running screens we'll be all set
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