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    running game problems

    I've been reading about a struggling running game. I thought ISU was loaded with experienced running backs. Are they not producing or is a lack of a passing attack causing defenses to load the box, poor line play. I'm not ragging I just didn't see the game. Is this the first game struggling or has this been going on all year. As a Hawkeye fan I can sympathize with a poor passing attack.



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    Re: running game problems

    It probably has a lot to do with the lack of a passing game. Teams are just going to load the box until we can show we have a legit passing game.


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    Re: running game problems

    Poor run blocking.



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    Re: running game problems

    Combination of factors.

    1. The OL, while serviceable, just isn't as good at run blocking as it was last year (we're missing KO in that regard).
    2. We're missing White, who's out with injury.
    3. The pass game hasn't been convincing enough to keep defenses from playing a run-first defense.
    4. We just got done playing 3 of the top 5 defenses in the Big 12 (TT, TCU, and K-State. Since ISU is one of them, we have one left - OU). We'll get a better evaluation of our running game the next several weeks as the defenses drop off considerably.


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    Re: running game problems

    Personally, it looks like rolling out JB (vs SJ) might work for some longer passes. We are our own worst enemy by going zone read so much on first down. If we had a stronger oline, run first down every time. That is not the case-IH.

    Did we use full backfield, reverses, step left then run right, or swing passes much to Shontrelle? Need more of this to combat eight men in box.


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    Re: running game problems

    As others have mentioned, this is not a great run blocking line. You combine that with a below average passing game and you have problems.



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    Re: running game problems

    Thanks for the info. I do think the running game will get better. From what I've seen and the scores of the games there are some really weak or defenses or some incredible offenses.



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    Re: running game problems

    i thought the play calling was decent today. compared to most games at least. we really missed white. he's a great north-south runner who can squirt through smaller holes. and he is a great receiver out of the backfield. shontrelle seems to try getting outside, and you cant do that against ksu. their defense is pretty fast.... that and the OL is just not very good.


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    Re: running game problems

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