With the exception of a couple of plays in the first game, A-Rob has been handled so far this year. Take out the long run his average must be scary. Let's hope that he is ticked off and ready to rumble this weekend. Its about time that he gets back to his old self!
Originally Posted by synapticwave
Yeah, our interior run blocking has been awful, ARobs average, minus the TD is 2.827 yards/run. That is not going to get it done. We have been successful running to the edges, especially flipping out a quick pitch to ARob from the shotgun. I think we'll need to run to the outsides, run some WR screens maybe or just have a few early completions, then maybe the interior run game will open up.
First off, I'm not sure why you would take out a run. Did he not contribute that to the Cyclone rushing production? Does a run like that not affect how the defenders have to defend on future plays?
But if you want to play that game, add back in 11 yards for the play in the NIU game that was erroneously recorded as a pass. It is the play during the first drive right before Arnaud's called back long TD run. Arnaud throws a short (backwards) pitch from the 30 1/2 which ARob receives on the 30 yard line. It's really nothing more than a long handoff. He takes it around the left end for a gain of 11. (Anyone still have the game recorded that can verify? I watched it several times last night and it is clearly a lateral, not a pass.) If we play your game and take out the 63 yarder and make sure that he gets credit for all of his other runs, his average goes up to a more respectable 3.1 yards per carry. That's acceptable considering he faced a defense that is projected to be one of the tops against the run this year in one of those two games. If you leave in the 63 yarder he is at a solid 5.03 yards per carry.
I agree with you that getting him to the corner certainly would help as that 11 yard run demonstrated.
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