October 18, 2006

NU's backfield defines equal opportunity

When Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan said he felt like he had four No. 1 running backs on his team to start the season, most thought this was just "coach speak."

Callahan continually preached early in the season that all four of his backs would play equal roles and through seven games everything he said has been true.

Nebraska currently leads the Big 12 Conference in rushing with an average of 207.7 yards per game and they rank first the league in total offense with an average of 448.4 yards per game.

The even more amazing stat for Nebraska's ground game through four games is the Huskers are the only team in the country that has four running backs that have 60 or more rushing attempts. No team in America can preach they have this kind of balance and it appears that NU will have a good chance to have four running backs eclipse the 500 yard mark for only the second time in school history.

"I think these kids understand the team concept of what we're trying to achieve," Callahan said of his backs. "They've bought into the system. I'm sure they're disappointed when they don't get their carries, and that's fine with me. I understand why they're disappointed because they are all true competitors.

"They still hold the team concept very high and it's important that we succeed. I think it's natural for any competitor when you don't get the ball to feel frustrated."

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