Devine Ozigbo looking like he's ready

Nebraska true freshman running back Devine Ozigbo is impressing in Lincoln.

LINCOLN, Neb – Nebraska head coach Mike Riley used the words “running back by committee” on Tuesday – hinting there might not be a featured ball-carrier in Lincoln in 2015.

“It’s looking deeper and better to me,” said Riley, when asked about the running back position. “We love the depth. There is no doubt about it.”

With junior Terrell Newby limited in practice on Tuesday, the Nebraska media got another chance to see true freshman Devine Ozigbo get an extended look and the former Texas prep didn’t disappoint.

RELATED: Ozigbo's 2014 senior highlights

The 5-foot-11, 225-pound back was projected by most to redshirt in 2015, but is starting to look like a guy who could steal carries from his older teammates.

“The best thing to say about him right now is he just goes into the huddle and goes out and plays and fits in – (he's) not looking like a rookie,” said Riley.

The following is Wilbon’s projection by Big Red Report coming into the season:

"The hidden value here for Nebraska is that Ozigbo wasn't over-used and run into the ground as a high school running back, as he played in a prolific passing offense. He had too much talent to not get the ball, but the Mustangs didn’t use him to his full potential. He’s likely headed to a redshirt year, but could factor in as a third-down back if he doesn’t sit out in 2015. He’s got the ability to catch the ball in passing down situations."

In the past, Riley's offenses have been a one-man show when it came to backs, but the head coach appears to be changing his approach at the running back spot.

“I really think, in this day of age in football, to have two to three guys who you can put in the game and rotate – it’s probably a good thing,” said Riley. “I think with this group, we certainly could.”


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