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But Sipple might and he tweeted something along those lines a while back.
Everyone is talking about these mundane details and getting into extended arguements for no reason.
Bottom line, we had three really talented backs in the same class. What do we expect. I would bet my life at least one transferred by now. I'm not surprised that 2 have when you consider the situation.
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Yes, definitely not surprising.
Which gets back to points made about roster management.
It is also possible that Newby is better right now than Heard is or at least his equal. Also, reported that Cross stays late after EVERY practice to work on things. I wouldn't kick Heard out the door but I think his impact on the field won't make much difference to Nebraska.
This really doesn't have much so do with roster management. If you can see it coming before the kids even get to campus then I can't put it on the coaches. It's what happens when you get 3 RBs in the same class.
I always wanted Heard to play more but if Rex doesn't go down this arguement would have never happened. The fact is Heard probably got more PT this season than he expected.
It's very possible Newby ends up better. It's very possible that his impact won't make much difference.
But those aren't givens. Until those things come to fruition, Heard's departure is a loss.
To put this Heard matter in perspective, I looked at another team that runs a spread and stockpiles RB talent -- Oregon. Here is a list of scholarship RBs since 2008:
LaMichael James - finished college career at Oregon, left early for draft
Chris Harper - transferred to KSU
LeGarrette Blount - JUCO, finished career at Oregon
Lache Seastrunk - transferred to Baylor
Dontae Williams - not listed on roster
Tra Carson - transferred to TAMU
De'Anthony Thomas - listed as DB in class, but played RB as frosh
Byron Marshall - played RB as frosh
Since 2008, 50% of RB recruits have left the program. Despite having multiple RBs in 3/5 classes, no more than one player from each class finished (or remains) with Oregon, with the exception of 2008, when JUCO RB Blount saw out his remaining two years (though, I believe he was alone in his graduating class). I think it's also noteworthy that of the four players that have stuck around (so far), only one of them redshirted. They currently have two scholarship players listed at RB, I believe, with five other walk-ons.
I'm not at all saying I wouldn't like Heard around or that we shouldn't be disappointed that he's leaving, but I think we have to accept that high attrition rates come with the territory. It's going to be extremely tough to keep a stable of highly talented kids, especially when there's class overlap.
This post was edited by MikeCaramba 15 months ago
Dont think Harper was a RB though.
He was listed as a RB on the University of Oregon's 2008 recruiting class page, but it looks like he didn't end up playing RB. Good catch.
I'll just let it go. Because I think we are talking about 2 different things. Or I am not getting your point.
Very good post - we don't seem to realize this stuff happens at many universities and is becoming more and more prevalent. Kids now, more then ever, want to start or be the man like they were in HS.
Having said the above I'll repeat that I really like Braylon Heard as a player and as a person. I would have liked to have seen him get more playing time. But the coaches are the ones that see the practices and this isn't the first time someones playing time was curtailed because they had not mastered pass protection.
Bottom line - if Braylon really feels he needs to move on then thats what he needs to do. And we need to let it go and stop trashing the people involved.
Chris Harper's stats for 2008....
Chris Harper, Rushing...
Games Played... 12
Yds Gained... 167
Yds Loss... 30
He also caught nine passes for 122 yds and two TD's.
This post was edited by k9_r 15 months ago
Wasn't a running back though. He went into Oregon as a quarterback. He moved around from QB and WR
As QB, he was 4 for nine (40 yds) with 1 TD and 2 ints.
He was all over the place with rushing, passing and receiving stats. But not much in any of these.
Yeah...but how good of a QB he was was never really a question. The point was...he wasn't a RB...that's why I mentioned it to the OP. Doesn't completely defeat his point...but it changes things a bit
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