Who starts at running back against UNI?

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Who starts at running back against UNI?

  1. Kene

    87 vote(s)
    28.8%
  2. Lang

    29 vote(s)
    9.6%
  3. Hall

    38 vote(s)
    12.6%
  4. Croney

    142 vote(s)
    47.0%
  5. Brock

    6 vote(s)
    2.0%
  1. CyCloned

    CyCloned Well-Known Member

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    #1 CyCloned, Aug 19, 2019
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    Just curious what others are thinking. I like Kene, as I feel like he was really never completely recovered last year.

    Either Croney or Nwangwu would likely be the odds on favorites to receive the first handoff from Brock Purdy against the Panthers. Croney enters his final season in Ames after compiling 56 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries last season while Nwangwu, who is widely regarded as the fastest player in the program, added 157 yards on 39 carries of his own in his first year back since missing the full 2017 season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon following his true freshman season.

    This is what concerns about Sheldon.
     
  2. CyTwins

    CyTwins Well-Known Member

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    Croney starts the beginning of the season as the starter. Hall finishes the season as the starter
     
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  3. bsaltyman

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    I’m not sure about who gets the first handoff, but my guess is that Kene gets the most carries week 1.
     
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  4. Cyched

    Cyched Well-Known Member

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    Croney has proven to be a serviceable back, so he’ll start out. But fierce competition throughout the season
     
  5. cyfanatic13

    cyfanatic13 Well-Known Member

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    I’ll be shocked if it’s not Croney
     
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  6. OnlyCyclones

    OnlyCyclones Active Member

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    My gut said Croney or Nwangwu, but then Lang technically started against OSU last year. Obviously, it doesn't really matter as long as whoever is getting the carries is patient, runs hard, and protects the football. From that standpoint I trust Croney the most because I think he's shown the most patience waiting for his hole to develop and changing speeds well. He's also the best blocker and most likely to fall forward of the returners. Hopefully all of the backs are trusting the line more and seeing the plays develop well.
     
  7. IH8Iowa24

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    I personally think Croney or Kene, but I know Chris mentioned on KXNO that Hall was turning heads and having a very impressive camp to the point that there's a potential possibility that we could see Hall out there. However, I think if this is the case, it'll be Croney or Kene technically starting while Hall gets more carries which will obviously increase or decrease depending on performance.
     
  8. Frak

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    I think that Hall and Lang end up with the most carries on the season, but I feel like Croney gets the first shot.
     
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  9. Aclone

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    Since you asked for our thoughts, what I really think at the moment is that I don’t care who starts. Not a whit. Because we’ll be fine, one way or another.

    Not many times I’ve been able to say that, over the last few decades. :D
     
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  10. dualthreat

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    Remember last fall camp when it was a 2 man race for middle linebacker? Then suddenly it became a 3 man race with a true freshman and that true freshman actually won the job and played a fantastic right from the start?

    It could happen at running back this year
     
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  11. TheJackWePack5

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    Kene or Croney start.

    Hall leads team in rushing.
     
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  12. jdcyclone19

    jdcyclone19 Well-Known Member

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    Didn't Kene tweak something last week? Does anyone know how serious that was/is?

    CMC gives people reps off of trust. With that said against UNI, I'd expect a more vanilla game plan which makes me believe Croney gets the first carry with Lang backing him up. I expect we will see Hall play as well.
     
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  13. Urbandale2013

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    This is why the worries about replacing Montgomery are overstated in the national media. He was great but we have the depth to sustain without him. We have 3 backs who have done well in the past in their brief opportunities and we have two highly touted freshmen.
     
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  14. PsychedCy09

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    I think Croney technically gets the start but he and Lang will be the most featured week 1 with Hall getting some carries before he takes over a couple weeks later.
     
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    Any opinion on whether Brock gets a red shirt or not?
     
  16. KKramer

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    Yeah I agree. We all know how great Montgomery is/was and should have been getting 90% of the carries, but I think now that we don't have a true workhorse back it will both keep defenses off balance with the different running styles behind center, and also open up the playbook to do more things with those different running styles.
     
  17. brett108

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    With the new RS rule, I suspect you will not know until after the first few games.
     
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    To further your post, I don’t have a clue who will get the first handoff, and in the grand scheme of things I really don’t care. The top guys are all going to get a bunch of carries this year. I mean, I don’t mind the conversation, I’m just saying that, unlike previous years where the headliner was clearly DM, this year it just feels like an entire group so it just doesn’t matter to me who gets it.
     
  19. 4theCYcle

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    While I fall somewhere in between you and the national media, it still needs to be stated - YPC for the rest of the team wasn't good compared to what DM did. That's a fact.

    I'm hoping Hall supplants the RB position a few games in and takes over. The others can get spot carries as situational backs. The OL definitely needs to make bigger strides this season or the running game may look bleak. The fact that Purdy can run should help open up some lanes though.
     
  20. HFCS

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    Ball security is what we lose.

    I'd be worried about replacing DM even if we were a top 5 program purely in how uniquely fumble free he was.

    Statistically backs just don't get that many carries and break that many tackles with a nearly fumble free career.
     
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