Nebraska Football: I-formation should be used more frequently

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 28: Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Dedrick Mills (26) comes up with a reception against Ohio State defensive end Chase Young (2) during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 28, 2019, played at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE. (Photo by Steve Nurenberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 28: Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Dedrick Mills (26) comes up with a reception against Ohio State defensive end Chase Young (2) during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 28, 2019, played at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE. (Photo by Steve Nurenberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Nebraska Football would be wise to put this in their playbook.

Admittedly, there were not many bright spots from Saturday’s Nebraska Football game. As a matter of fact, it was extremely hard to find those bright spots. Even still, the play of Dedrick Mills was certainly something to be excited about. In particular, his play during a specific stretch of the game excited Nebraska Football fans.

At one point in the game, Nebraska went into the I-formation. This was just after Ohio State ended Nebraska’s first drive with an interception. They used Mills as a fullback, and it worked with pretty good results. The Ohio State defensive line was giving the Nebraska offensive line trouble all night. In that particular sequence where the I-formation was used, Nebraska was able to get positive gains from Mills.

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I think they should try this more often. As a Georgia Tech running back, Mills will is definitely used to that type of formation. Their offense was built on running. I can remember some of the crazy formations that they use to use. More often than not, they would work. Mills appeared to be in his element last night in those couple of plays. This is something that Nebraska football should try to use more often.

I’m not suggesting that they use it all the time. What I am suggesting is that they make it a part of their repertoire. They have runners such as  Mills that would fit very well with that type of playcalling. Furthermore, it would give defense is something else to plan for. At times, this Nebraska offense can seem predictable. The I-formation adds a little bit of unpredictability into the game.

The addition of the I-formation would put less pressure on Adrian Martinez to make throws. It would also allow the running backs to get into a rhythm. Both of those things would be beneficial moving forward. At the very least, it would probably minimize offensive turnovers.

This is just an idea. It couldn’t hurt them to use the I-formation more in their game plan. It is certainly a throwback to old-school football. Especially in this age of the passing offense, that would certainly look a lot different than what most of college football is used to seeing. At the end of the day however, it is all about wins. For a rebuilding program in Nebraska, they need all the wins they can get. The signs for success are there, now they need to put it all together.