As Harvey Sees It: The Nebraska Running Back Picture

A look at the Nebraska running back situation heading into week two.

Make no doubt about it; running back Terrell Newby is the starter at the University of Nebraska. The senior rushed 11 times for 56 yards on Saturday against Fresno State.

Nebraska has the trust of offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf and head coach Mike Riley. He is best running back in pass coverage. Newby is the guy.

For now.

With a focus to be more balanced on offense in 2016, Nebraska will have extra carries to be had. It won’t completely fall on Newby’s shoulder.

On Saturday, sophomore running back Devine Ozigbo, despite not getting the start, led the team in carries with 17 – racking up 103 yards and finding the end zone twice.

The Huskers coaching staff will use a rotation between the two.  Newby will start. Ozigbo will be given a chance to get into a rhythm.

“We kind of stick with the hot hand when we get one,” said Langsdorf.

If that continues to be the case, it is our prediction Ozigbo will lead the team in rushing this season. 

The former Texas native only has 55 career carries, but when given the chance to rush four or more times in a game, Ozigbo averages 5.75 a carry in those contests.

“If I stay loose, I'll be ready,” said Ozigbo. “You [have to] stay locked in, Coach [Reggie Davis] preaches that. Stay ready, your opportunity could come at any time. That's one thing all the backs definitely are focused on. If your number is called you [have to] go up there and get your best run."

Speaking of best runs – a big night for true freshman Tre Bryant on Saturday night.  The former Missouri prep found the end zone for the first time, racking up 36 yards on seven carries.

“He made some nice runs. He ran hard,” said Langsdorf. “I thought he did a really nice job pressing the hole and cutting back.”

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