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    Running back top spot is "wide-open"

    Here's a quick look at Iowa State's situation at running back in 2011 that is "wide-open" according to RB coach Kenith Pope.

    Iowa State Football: Running back top spot is “wide-open” | Cyclone Fanatic



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    Re: Running back top spot is "wide-open"

    i say bring the wishbone back to ames!



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    Re: Running back top spot is "wide-open"

    Good lord, we have some nice and very young talent in the back field. 3 sophomores (2 redshirts) and 3 freshmen (1 redshirt, so far) back there. They could take some lumps in the early going, but at least 1 or 2 of these guys are going to develop into stars....right?



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    Re: Running back top spot is "wide-open"

    Quote Originally Posted by Clone9 View Post
    Good lord, we have some nice and very young talent in the back field. 3 sophomores (2 redshirts) and 3 freshmen (1 redshirt, so far) back there. They could take some lumps in the early going, but at least 1 or 2 of these guys are going to develop into stars....right?
    What I like is that a lot of these guys are very different backs. You have Woody as your stand alone power guy.

    Hollis is a combo guy.

    Shontrelle is the rabbit/juke machine.

    Standard is more of a power back.

    Nealy is a speed guy.

    It is going to be fun to watch them develop over the years.



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    Re: Running back top spot is "wide-open"

    Hopefully we can keep all around.



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    Re: Running back top spot is "wide-open"

    How the hell are we going to keep that many guys happy? It seems like it would be rather difficult to keep 6 guys satisfied with playing time at one position. Is there a chance we move a couple around a bit?



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    Re: Running back top spot is "wide-open"

    Quote Originally Posted by dtclones View Post
    How the hell are we going to keep that many guys happy? It seems like it would be rather difficult to keep 6 guys satisfied with playing time at one position. Is there a chance we move a couple around a bit?
    Hopefully Nealy and/or Standard will be able to redshirt, which will separate the classes a little.



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    Re: Running back top spot is "wide-open"

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMWilliams View Post
    What I like is that a lot of these guys are very different backs. You have Woody as your stand alone power guy.

    Hollis is a combo guy.

    Shontrelle is the rabbit/juke machine.

    Standard is more of a power back.

    Nealy is a speed guy.

    It is going to be fun to watch them develop over the years.
    Yes, and I think we have seen that all styles have a place in Herman's offense. A-Rob (whom I'd classify as a combo guy), Shontrelle, and Woody all seemed to find some action last year. This is important because we, in theory, will be able to feature whomever rises to the top of the group.



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    Re: Running back top spot is "wide-open"

    Ask our neighbors to the East how easy it is to deplete a stable of Running Backs. There are different styles to pick from. And it is easy to have 1 or 2 injured at any given point in the season.



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    Re: Running back top spot is "wide-open"

    Quote Originally Posted by dtclones View Post
    How the hell are we going to keep that many guys happy? It seems like it would be rather difficult to keep 6 guys satisfied with playing time at one position. Is there a chance we move a couple around a bit?
    I would say that's a good problem too have. You can never have enough talented RB's.



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    Re: Running back top spot is "wide-open"

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMWilliams View Post
    What I like is that a lot of these guys are very different backs. You have Woody as your stand alone power guy.

    Hollis is a combo guy.

    Shontrelle is the rabbit/juke machine.

    Standard is more of a power back.

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    It is going to be fun to watch them develop over the years.
    I wouldn't call Standard a power back. I would say he is probably the most comparable to ARob at this point in his career.


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    Re: Running back top spot is "wide-open"

    Quote Originally Posted by erikbj View Post
    i say bring the wishbone back to ames!
    If we can bring back Joe Parmentier as well, I'm all for it!

    For those who don't remember him or were too young to see him play, he was a 280 lb. lead blocking fullback who was basically a guard who lined up in the backfield.



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    Re: Running back top spot is "wide-open"

    Quote Originally Posted by yaman3 View Post
    I wouldn't call Standard a power back. I would say he is probably the most comparable to ARob at this point in his career.
    Just using the words of Ken Pope, who called him a "powerful, explosive back." I've never seen the guy play. Just going by the ball coach.



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    Re: Running back top spot is "wide-open"

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    Just using the words of Ken Pope, who called him a "powerful, explosive back." I've never seen the guy play. Just going by the ball coach.
    OK, I guess when you put it in that context it's a little different. I guess when I think "power back" I think of Woody. For his size, Standard does seem to have decent amount of power.


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    Re: Running back top spot is "wide-open"

    Quote Originally Posted by yaman3 View Post
    OK, I guess when you put it in that context it's a little different. I guess when I think "power back" I think of Woody. For his size, Standard does seem to have decent amount of power.
    Got ya. I probably should have worded it differently.



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