Nebraska Doesn’t Need a ‘Relaxed’ Helu Jr.
OK, maybe I’m being picky here because I’m getting tired of writing about everything other than actual football games, but this news release from the Nebraska athletic department make you wonder. Does Nebraska really want its top I-back “relaxed” heading into the 2010 season?
Heck no, I want Roy Helu Jr. to nut it up, run hard, carry the pigskin 25 times a game, score three touchdowns and turn in 150 yards a game. Can’t remember a time when Mike Rozier ever played the game “relaxed.”
In fact, Rozier was as tough as they come and sometimes played some of his best games hurt. So far Helu hasn’t proven to be all that durable. When he’s on, he’s on. We’ve seen Helu explode through the line of scrimmage in some games, but the guy hasn’t done it consistently enough.
Surprising that he has a shot to be in the top three all time at Nebraska in rushing this season, but the guy has yet to come up big in a big game.
That’s why I think we’re going to see a lot of Rex Burkhead this season, maybe splitting carries with Helu. Nebraska wins championships when it has a workhorse I-back.
NEWS RELEASE- After Wednesday’s practice, running backs coach Tim Beck addressed the media and talked about his position. One player that has impressed Beck this fall camp is senior Roy Helu Jr. Beck said he has seen a more calm Helu the past four weeks.
“I see him playing more relaxed, not putting as much pressure on himself having to be the guy,” Beck said. “I think he knows that he is the veteran of the group and there is a lot expected of him, but I also feel like he has been able to play a lot more relaxed.”
With Helu and sophomores Rex Burkhead and Dontrayevous Robinson at the top of the depth chart, Beck pointed to junior Austin Jones and sophomore Lester Ward as possible candidates as the fourth back.
“We’ll look at A.J. (Jones) and Lester (Ward), maybe guys who have separated themselves a little bit if we get the opportunity to, but right now we’re just focusing on those other guys and doing what we need to do to win the game.”
The Huskers will return to the practice field on Thursday for an afternoon workout. NU kicks off the 2010 season against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday at 6 p.m. in a matchup televised on Fox Sports Net Pay-Per View.