BRR 2014 profile: Mikale Wilbon

With a stable full of running backs, will incoming freshman Mikale Wilbon be redshirting? Or can he help in 2014?

Mikale Wilbon

Position: RB

Height/Weight: 5-foot-8/190-pounds

High School: De La Salle Institute HS (IL)

Year: Freshman

2013 review:
After rushing for over 1,600 yards his sophomore year, Wilbon’s junior and senior seasons were cut short because of injuries. In just six games in 2013, Wilbon rushed for 1,200 yards.

2014 preview:
Wilbon will hit camp as the Huskers only scholarship running back taken in the 2014 class. Wilbon is an every-down type of back, who’s strong as an ox. Not only can he hit the hole and make a cut, but the Illinois prep can run over linebackers. He’s nice and compact. He’s also a very solid pass-catcher out of the backfield.

BRR projection: The Nebraska coaching staff hasn’t been afraid to play true freshman running backs. In 2011, the Huskers rolled with Ameer Abdullah, Braylon Heard, and Aaron Green. In 2012, Imani Cross got carries. In 2013, more of the same in the form of Terrell Newby.

But, the running back stable is full in Lincoln. Four running backs, including Heisman hopeful Ameer Abdullah will be in front of Wilbon on the depth chart. The freshman will get a shot to win the starting running back spot in 2015, but this year it’s all about the scout team – that’s not a bad thing.

How he ended up in Lincoln:
Originally a Vanderbilt commit, Wilbon opened things up when James Franklin left for Penn State in January – immediately the Huskers gave him a call.

A few weeks later, Wilbon was officially visiting Nebraska. A week after that, he was committing to Bo Pelini and crew when the head coach was in his living room for an in-home visit.

Wilbon was a three-star recruit and rated the nation’s No. 40 running back in last year’s class. His offer list was an impressive one, including scholarship nods from Iowa, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, etc.

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