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What turned things around for Devine Redding

Devine Redding was a different runner the final few games of last season. Yesterday he spoke about the keys to the late season outburst.

The Indiana rushing attack kept humming along late in 2015 despite the loss of star running Jordan Howard. One reason was the production of his backup, Devine Redding.

It wasn't more carries. It was what Redding began to do with those carries. Through the first 10 games of the season, Redding was only averaging 3.5 yards per rush.

Over the final three games, Redding averaged 6.2 yards per carry.

In the New Era Pinstripe Bowl he ran for a career and bowl record 227 yards on 35 carries.

Here's a graph of increasing production in the season with his trend line in red.

"It was really just my mindset," Redding said yesterday at Indiana's annual media day, 

And he credited the man he replaced then for the turnaround.

"J-How, he told me, just leave it all out there, and don't look back," Redding said. "I did what he told me and just played my game."

The big finish to his season helped Redding become just the 17th rusher in program history to reach 1,000 yards in a season.

It wasn't all just attitude that led to the longer runs.

"I practiced my run-reads more. That's where I felt I got better as last season progressed. My overall run-reads.

"It wasn't really running with more instincts but (assistant) coach (Deland) McCullough, he taught us just to read the defense. And I really just started practicing what he was preaching."

Speaking of preaching, Redding knows he'll be one of the vocal leaders this month.

"I am always loud," Redding said. "If you see us practice, I am probably going to be one of the main ones yelling the whole time. Over the summer there was a good two weeks where I didn't have a voice because I was yelling every day."


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