LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska running back coach Reggie Davis calls senior Andy Janovich a “Swiss Army Knife.” The fullback does a little bit of everything.
Fans got a glimpse of that last Saturday.
A week after impressing the entire coaching staff with his efforts on special teams against Miami, Janovich received six touches from the fullback spot against Southern Miss. He made the most of them, registering 121 yards.
His play immediately sparked memories of old. A time where the Nebraska fullback was a vital part of the offense under former head coach Tom Osborne.
It sparked fans on social media to start posting their favorite Janovich/Chuck Norris jokes.
“I prefer being under the radar. It was nice for one day,” said Janovich, who hadn’t registered a carry in over two years. “I watch film quite a bit, even when I’m not here. I think, this play would work here. If the coaches don’t see it that way, it really doesn’t work out.”
Davis hinted fans could be seeing more of Janovich down the road.
“As long as it’s producing, it’s probably you will see more of,” said Davis. “I think anytime you find a player that is a playmaker for you, (you ask) how can we get this guy the ball?”
Opposing schemes will likely play a vital part in Janovich’s usefulness as a ball carrier going forward.
“Believe me, it won’t always be the same,” said head coach Mike Riley. “We were hitting them with the trap, but it won’t always be the same with every team that the trap’s going to be a real good play. We always look at every other avenue that we have and blocking schemes for the fullback and the tailback and the wide receiver on how we’re going to block the fly sweep, it all becomes a game plan thing, what’s best against the other team. I know our coaches will take a longer look at what might be possible for Andy getting the football.”