In an interview with 1011 Sports Director Kevin Sjuts, Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said expect Nebraska to be a balanced offense, not the pass heavy type fans saw at times while he was at Oregon State.
"Even in my former life at Oregon State, with good passers, prolific passers, I didn't want to pass as much as we did at some points in our time there," Riley said to the TV station. "It just meant our running game wasn't good enough. I think football goes best when it’s balanced."
In 2014, the Beavers had 472 passing attempts compared to 376 rushing attempts. In 2013, 625 passing attempts to 355 carries on the ground.
When Riley was hired, immediate concern by a portion of the Nebraska fan base set in - concern that a pass heavy offense wouldn’t work in the Big Ten. Cold conditions in the later months would make it impossible to go away from the run-heavy scheme Nebraska has operated under critics urged.
While it’s unlikely fans see the 584 rushing attempts to 378 passing attempts Nebraska recorded in 2014, the run will not be forgotten.
"Our team has to run the football,” said Riley.
Now the question becomes who will be Riley and crews top rusher? Or will the Huskers take a running back by committee approach?
According to reports, it sounds like a Nebraska depth chart won’t be released until early August. Junior Terrell Newby and senior Imani Cross return with the most experience, with sophomore Adam Taylor and redshirt freshman Mikale Wilbon showing flashes during the spring.Related video: