Is everyone forgeting that he was a 1000 yd rusher in 2004? That was only two years ago. He was injured last year and is supposedly healthy to this point. We don't need a running back like Troy Davis to run this offense. Another 1000 yard season along with the passing game should move this offense pretty well. Granted he is not a speedster but if we show that we need a speed runner we have one on the bench in Jason Harris who is getting a lot more work from the coaches this year. Hopefully he is ready if he is called upon.
Stevie has had some injury problems. But when he is healthy he is a great back.
Hicks is solid running back. Not flashy, but solid running back who is a great blocker. We can win with a solid running back, but the real issue is we need an O-line to open some holes. If healthy and with decent oline Hicks can be a 1200-1500 yard back. If we don't have holes to run in, then we need hicks more than ever because we will need his blocking because everydown is a passing down and the defense knows it.
"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject" - Winston Churchill
I've noticed over the last couple years that even though he has the talent, and is a great blocking back, it takes him too long to find and hit the holes. He tends to juke once or twice in the backfield before he hits his hole, and I think he could become a great back if only he could instantly hit the hole and explode through hit. Here's to hoping it happens.
Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck
- Don Schula.
wheres the stats on stevie? all you guys say is how he holds on to the ball, wheres the yac. Im getting across here that he sucks.....
I think it is stupid and childish to belittle one of our players. Go belittle someone else's players, but I don't find it necessary to bash our own players. Give me a break!
We won games with him last year, we lost games without him. The guy can't help it he had a groin injury, so get off him. I want to see how hard you can hit the hole with a pulled groin.
Quit complaining and support our players. If we had someone better, they would be playing instead. So get over it.
I'm excited to see what happens this coming football season.
For those who want see some stats.
Looking at his numbers from last year, he had 4 games in which he was able to carry the ball more than 20 times.
In those 4 games, he rushed over 100 yards in 3 of the 4, averaged 4.7 yards per carry.
If he were to carry the ball 270 times over the course of the season like he did in 2004, and maintaned a 4.5 y/c he would have rushed for over 1200 yards.
I'll take it.
oh yeah, and he doesn't have a single career fumble.
Those statistics are amazing. Stevie Hicks means a lot to our football program, and the stats back it up. In the 5 games we lost, Stevie's rushing total was 4,0,0,14, and -1 yards rushing. In our 3 biggest wins (Iowa, KSU, and A&M) he rushed for 389 yards or 130 a game. Coincidentally, we beat those 3 teams 110-34. Still don't think he is important to our team?
Style points will only get you so far. I wish he hit the hole quicker, had better breakaway speed, blah, blah, blah. Bottom line is when he is healthy, he can dominate games and open up our entire offense. That translates to wins. In the last 2 years, when he rushes for 100 yards+, we are 7-1.
I hope he can remain healthy this year, and have a great season. If he does, our team will enjoy success as well.
Thanks MNClone! Great stats.
Actually - it would be awesome if you created a separate thread about those, perhaps titled "Stevie Hicks nay-sayers - read this!"
Stats don't lie...
While the observations of Stevie's play have some merit at times, ISU wins when Hicks is healthy and playing. Those are the facts, so I'm happy the coaches play him when he's healthy. It will be a bonus to have a couple of other good backs in there to add some speed and spice to the offensive mix. Let's hope all three can be healthy all season.
I look for stevie to rack up the yards against our non-conference slate. Make 'em fear the run a little and torch with the deep pass during conference games.
Imagine if last year none of the running backs had fumbled the ball. Ball security is number one in my book. Whats an extra 20, 30,..50 yards a game if we have an extra fumble to get there. Especially if that fumble is in the endzone. Thats assuming another running back can gain more yards than stevie which I haven't seen.
Jason Harris - I wouldn't play him much unless I was sure he could do a better job with the ball. I f he can hold on to the ball I think he might split some time with stevie.
Jason Scales - I wonder sometimes if he will ever recover from his knee injuries. It doesn't sound good to me what I have heard..or not heard...from the coaches. Anyone know anything about him?
Who else has potential for some playing time this year?
Who is looking to play next year or the year after?
"Style points will only get you so far. I wish he hit the hole quicker, had better breakaway speed, blah, blah, blah. Bottom line is when he is healthy, he can dominate games and open up our entire offense. That translates to wins. In the last 2 years, when he rushes for 100 yards+, we are 7-1."
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he wasnt a 1000 yard rusher until the bowl game hardly can count that imo. stevie is a blocking back he gives meyer protection and everyonce in a while he'll break off if good run(even a blind squrill finds a nut sometimes) Hes got potential ill give him that if he runs low he'll knock people over hes just got to stop dancing and start playing football
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(iowast8 @ Jun 15 2006, 07:52 AM) Quoted post</div><div class='quotemain'> We lost most of our games that Stevie was out and won most of the games he was in. He makes a difference. We need a line that can create a hole.
I agree. Our line isn't exactly earth movers and Stevie when not dealing with naging injuries, can be a workhorse that takes time off the clock and sustains drives even if not piling up huge yards. For example, his Independence Bowl performance a few years ago, Nebraska, K-St games that same year. He needs about 3 quarters to get rolling.
Our biggest problem on rushing is we are SO PREDICTABLE. That was why Nebraska was a good rushing team. You did not know which rushing play they were going to run. WEe need to be more INNOVATIVE in rushing.
Looking forward to CFH magic for the next bball season, Georges style.
I agree...this bashing gets old quick...