January 24, 2007

Year in review: Running back

For Nebraska to make themselves a legitimate Big 12 contender, head coach Bill Callahan knew that establishing a solid ground game in 2006 is where it all had to start.

In 2005, NU's rushing attack ranked as one of the worst in the country, averaging just 96 yards per game. From the start of spring ball until the conclusion of fall camp, Callahan made establishing the ground game his No. 1 priority and the hard worked paid off.

By the end of the season, the Huskers finished with 2,387 yards rushing, doubling what they put up the previous year.

Maybe the most amazing thing about the season for Nebraska was the fact that four different running backs each played a part in those 2,387 yards.

At different points of the season, there were times you thought Marlon Lucky was the main back, then after the USC game it appeared Kenny Wilson would emerge.

During the Iowa State game it looked like Cody Glenn could become the featured back, but in the end the least likely candidate Brandon Jackson pulled ahead of the pack.

The high points

With all the odds stacked against him, Jackson put together arguably one of the better seasons by a Nebraska running back in quite some time.

Jackson was a complete back and he showed it by rushing for 989 yards and also catching 33 balls for 313 yards out of the backfield.

At the start of the season nobody gave Jackson a shot of being the starter because he missed all of spring football. Jackson also struggled in the time he saw in 2005 behind Cory Ross, so most people assumed Lucky, Glenn and Wilson would pass him on the depth chart.

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