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    Running Backs

    If CPR was to announce that ISU was going to use just 2 RB's for the remainder of the season, who would you like to see and why?

    I'll just start by saying that I'd love to see White featured as the primary back with Shontrelle spelling him on occasion (3rd downs, quick breathers etc.) In most cases, these 2 would, for me, ideally be getting the bulk (if not all) of the carries.

    In any goal line situation, or in moments where ISU needs to run down clock, I'd throw Woody back there.

    I would like to see Wimberly and Nealy used primarily just in the passing game, either as slot WR's, when we use 5 wideouts, or coming out of the backfield. They will get their carries next year, and in subsequent years (Nealy). Would love to see us develop some trick plays that could utilize Wimberly's speed also, either jet-sweeps or wheelbarrow type routes.



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    Re: Running Backs

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyinthenorth View Post
    If CPR was to announce that ISU was going to use just 2 RB's for the remainder of the season, who would you like to see and why?

    I'll just start by saying that I'd love to see White featured as the primary back with Shontrelle spelling him on occasion (3rd downs, quick breathers etc.) In most cases, these 2 would, for me, ideally be getting the bulk (if not all) of the carries.

    In any goal line situation, or in moments where ISU needs to run down clock, I'd throw Woody back there.

    I would like to see Wimberly and Nealy used primarily just in the passing game, either as slot WR's, when we use 5 wideouts, or coming out of the backfield. They will get their carries next year, and in subsequent years (Nealy). Would love to see us develop some trick plays that could utilize Wimberly's speed also, either jet-sweeps or wheelbarrow type routes.
    Sounds good to me. The oline does not appear to have much upside this year no matter who is in front.


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    Re: Running Backs

    Don't care where you put him, but Wimberly definitely needs touches.



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    Re: Running Backs

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Sounds good to me. The oline does not appear to have much upside this year no matter who is in front.
    Sad but true. I have a hard time blaming the RBs when we have seen at least solid production from 3 of the 5 guys in years past. I doubt that White, Johnson and Woody forgot how to run.



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    Re: Running Backs

    White and Wimberly.

    Shontrelle shouldn't be getting carries. I think he has lost his mental edge from ACL tear. He makes a cut behind the line. I wouldn't mind seeing Shontrelle on punts because of his shiftiness.

    White and Wimberly should be splitting 20+ carries. Woody can get tough yards and be used in 2 back sets as an extra blocker.

    Nealy can get 5-7 carries.

    Sam gets 5 or less carries.



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    Re: Running Backs

    Quote Originally Posted by megamanxzero35 View Post
    White and Wimberly.

    Shontrelle shouldn't be getting carries. I think he has lost his mental edge from ACL tear. He makes a cut behind the line. I wouldn't mind seeing Shontrelle on punts because of his shiftiness.

    White and Wimberly should be splitting 20+ carries. Woody can get tough yards and be used in 2 back sets as an extra blocker.

    Nealy can get 5-7 carries.

    Sam gets 5 or less carries.
    I've posted this is several other threads, but you can't divvy up 30 carries when we only had 15 carries in the game.

    The problem isn't who is carrying the ball, it's that our offense hasn't executed well enough to get anyone enough carries.



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    Re: Running Backs

    Quote Originally Posted by bawbie View Post
    I've posted this is several other threads, but you can't divvy up 30 carries when we only had 15 carries in the game.

    The problem isn't who is carrying the ball, it's that our offense hasn't executed well enough to get anyone enough carries.
    I would agree that the problem isn't who's carrying the ball, and that's not why I started this thread. I do believe that having so many guys who are capable of running the ball is creating more of a problem as opposed to being as someone stated in another thread, a "5 headed monster". Need to pick 2 guys, and give them a chance to get into a rhythm.

    Blockers do have to open holes up before anyone can get into that said rhythm however.



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    Re: Running Backs

    Wimberly needs the ball. He NEEDS IT!


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    Re: Running Backs

    Quote Originally Posted by bawbie View Post
    I've posted this is several other threads, but you can't divvy up 30 carries when we only had 15 carries in the game.

    The problem isn't who is carrying the ball, it's that our offense hasn't executed well enough to get anyone enough carries.
    I won't use the Iowa game as an example because we had few running plays and a ton of 3 and outs. But against UNI we had 23 carries by our RBs. If Shontrelle doesn't get carries and Woody doesn't get carries, you could split those among White and Wimberly.

    If we went away from the zone read for the majority of our rushing plays, the carries are there. Sam had 21 carries. Another 15 to split and just run Sam 6 times.

    But I don't think we can run the ball right now. We need to pass until Sam and OL are healthy.



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    Re: Running Backs

    Wimberly and Nealy. We need big plays and I think Wimberly and Nealy are significantly quicker with the ball than White and Shontrelle.



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    Re: Running Backs

    Wimberly needs the ball in space. Which happens when we get a healthy line. Or a down field passing attack, that may help too. I would suggest them both. I just Snap Chatted Mess a quick message on the matter.


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    Re: Running Backs

    White and Wimberly have looked the best so far, Woody for short yardage. I also think Nealy has a lot of potential (he was a beast in the spring game) and should get some carries, seems like he has been in the dog house though



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    Re: Running Backs

    White isn't flashy, but he's always gotten the job done. I'd like to see him get the lion's share for now, with Wimberly getting 10-15 touches a game and Woody getting the short yardage and goal line situations. Nealy's time is next year. Shontrelle is a good soldier and a victim of some bad luck, but his running style is just too east/west for him to be effective. With the little slivers of daylight the o line is struggling to provide their best chance is with White, Woody, and Wimberly.



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    Re: Running Backs

    Quote Originally Posted by Bret44 View Post
    Wimberly needs the ball in space. Which happens when we get a healthy line. Or a down field passing attack, that may help too. I would suggest them both. I just Snap Chatted Mess a quick message on the matter.
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