- Aug 29, 2011
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No, not directed at you and not directed at Dobbs. Dobbs may very well be a special player and you haven't said anything here I disagree with. I am just remarking how easy it is to think the next guy will be better than the current guys, so much so that people are doing it even though we have a TB who is likely to win the Big East rushing crown as a freshman.
Oh. I don't think I've seen anyone actually say that Dobbs would come in and be running with the #1's right away. But I'll take your word for it. When you look at what we are actually doing with the ground game, we are in need of somebody else besides McCombs that's capable of running with the #1's at the RB position for at least a statistically significant number of carries over the course of a game and a season. And when I say running the #1's at the RB position, it's got nothing to do with actually running with the ball in your hands. The only question is who it will be.
The biggest issue with te RB position, and this is probably completely counter-intuitive to people casually watching this sport, but the biggest issue with that position has nothing to do with actually being able to run the ball, it's the other more fundamental part of playing the offensive side of the ball - blocking. You could be a gazelle carrying the ball, but if you can't recognize a defense and block, when the ball is not in your hands, you are a big liability to an offense on the field.