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    Default MN Daily: Too many running backs? Not a problem

    per the Daily:

    The Gophers football team has a tough decision to make for the top running back spot heading into the 2019 season, but to head coach P.J. Fleck, it's a decision he looks forward to making.

    Heading into 2019, Minnesota will have four running backs with previous college experience on its roster. Trying to find playing time for all four could provide challenges for head coach P.J. Fleck and his staff, but it is a position they are glad to be in. The four running backs at the top of the depth chart have a combined total of 6,506 career rushing yards.

    “Sometimes you’re saying we’re not deep enough — that’s one position we’re deep,” Fleck said. “You can call it a plethora, you can call it depth. Those are really good words for a head coach.”

    The depth will be important for the team, which is all too familiar with having an injured backfield. In the 2018 season, star running back Rodney Smith suffered a torn ACL in the second game of the season and was out for the rest of the year. Shannon Brooks, who was injured to begin the year, only appeared in one game before getting re-injured.

    Both players were awarded medical redshirts to extend their college careers for another year. Smith, now a sixth-year senior, ranks seventh on the program's all-time rushing list with 2,962 yards and is within a thousand yards of being in second. Brooks, a fifth-year senior, ranks No. 15 in program history with 1,882 yards.

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    I think he’ll just use 3-4 backs in every game, and keep them fresh. All four are good enough to start.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PitinoFan View Post
    I think he’ll just use 3-4 backs in every game, and keep them fresh. All four are good enough to start.


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    It would be nice to get Bryce Williams his redshirt year if guys stay reasonably healthy. Could still get run in 4 games of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by btowngopher View Post
    It would be nice to get Bryce Williams his redshirt year if guys stay reasonably healthy. Could still get run in 4 games of course.
    Good point. I like that idea.




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    PJ says you can't have too many running backs.

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    As Grinin Glen would say, a pair and a spare. Or maybe a couple of spares.


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    Of all the backs, I think Shannon Brooks is my personal favorite. just something about the way he runs, and the ability he's shown to break big plays. But, I also hold my breath every time he gets the ball because of his history with injuries.

    If I had to guess on how the carries are divided up - Rodney Smith 35%, Ibrahim 35%, Brooks 15%, Williams 10% and Green wildcatting for 5%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by short ornery norwegian View Post
    Of all the backs, I think Shannon Brooks is my personal favorite. just something about the way he runs, and the ability he's shown to break big plays. But, I also hold my breath every time he gets the ball because of his history with injuries.

    If I had to guess on how the carries are divided up - Rodney Smith 35%, Ibrahim 35%, Brooks 15%, Williams 10% and Green wildcatting for 5%.
    Brooks' over usage coming off of injury vs Indiana still leaves a bad taste. And putting him back in late after he had obviously tweaked something, and which then led to a more serious injury, was negligent by the coaching staff in my opinion. Hopefully they will be more selective (and careful) about how they use him this year. He could be a real weapon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bring back the Axe View Post
    Brooks' over usage coming off of injury vs Indiana still leaves a bad taste. And putting him back in late after he had obviously tweaked something, and which then led to a more serious injury, was negligent by the coaching staff in my opinion. Hopefully they will be more selective (and careful) about how they use him this year. He could be a real weapon.
    Pretty serious charges. I would look into it if I were you, or maybe you shouldn't use the word "negligent" so flippantly.
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    we have a pair and 2 spares

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bring back the Axe View Post
    Brooks' over usage coming off of injury vs Indiana still leaves a bad taste. And putting him back in late after he had obviously tweaked something, and which then led to a more serious injury, was negligent by the coaching staff in my opinion. Hopefully they will be more selective (and careful) about how they use him this year. He could be a real weapon.
    Over usage? He got 22 carries in a game where Ibrahim was unavailable and Bryce Williams was ineffective with his 7 carries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherWeatherGuy View Post
    Over usage? He got 22 carries in a game where Ibrahim was unavailable and Bryce Williams was ineffective with his 7 carries.
    No hyperbole at all in BBTA's post
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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherWeatherGuy View Post
    Over usage? He got 22 carries in a game where Ibrahim was unavailable and Bryce Williams was ineffective with his 7 carries.
    I think the poster is speaking in a relative sense. Twenty-two carries in his first game back from a significant injury could be seen as over used. Not sure how many other options there were that day. Was Edmonds ready/ able to spell Brooks? Running Back is a crazy position. You have depth till you don't. Heard of an instance where a team in the 70's/ early 80's went through six backs. I can't remember who the person said the team was, but assuming it was true, you can't really prepare for something like that.

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    Brooks isn't expected to be back until October.

    We used all 4 backs last year. I'm sure one of the guys gets banged up and misses a few games this year, so I wouldn't be surprised if all 4 contribute this season.

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    With the way RBs get banged up, having a bunch of really good options is a huge luxury that most teams don't have. I think every team plans to need to play multiple guys over the course of the season but few can say they have 3 players that have led the team in rushing available as options.

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