Nebraska Football: Ryan Held sings praises of running back unit

Nebraska football has a talented group of running backs.

It sounds like the running back room will be in good shape for next year. Nebraska football running backs coach Ryan Held appeared on Sports Nightly Tuesday, and discussed his state of the running back room.

For his part, Held has done an excellent job of recruiting the position. He has not only positioned Nebraska for success right now, but also for the future. It’s awesome to see, as Nebraska has really been able to establish consistency in recruiting the position. Recruiting is difficult enough as it is. If the Huskers can continue to find success recruiting the position, then I say that there’s no problem with them continuing to go to the proverbial well.

We saw how much success Nebraska had at the running back position last year. They were able to turn freshman Wan’Dale Robinson into a consistent weapon. Furthermore, transfer Dedrick Mills was able to find his stride last year.

After not playing football for a year, and originally playing at Georgia Tech, the odds may have seemed against Mills. Instead, he ran for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns, really finding his groove at the end of the year.

With new talent coming into the fold, Nebraska looks to be in prime position for the future. Marvin Scott and Sevion Morrison are certainly capable of carrying the load, both literally and figuratively, for a Nebraska team that is expected to have a lot of offensive potency in future seasons. I am excited for Held, as he will have a lot to work with.

He opened up about the running back unit, and sang the praises of Morrison and Scott. If anything, it speaks to how well he has recruited the position over the past couple of seasons. It was interesting to hear him evaluate his unit on the fly, as they prepare to be a key factor in helping the Nebraska offense perform their best.

“I feel really good right now going into 2020, probably the best I’ve felt since we’ve been here,” Held said. “There’s some unknowns, obviously, so we’ve got to have a chip on our shoulders. We really only have one guy returning who has played any minutes. But we do have guys that can go out there and be good running backs and get this position back to where it needs to be for Nebraska football.”

“I don’t know how many running backs I evaluated across the country,” Held said. “(Morrison and Scott) were my top two guys. There was maybe a few national guys that we probably might have never been a factor with, but I would take these two guys over anybody in America.”

I am really excited to see where this unit goes. There is a lot of potential for every single one of the running backs. I wouldn’t say that there is a weak spot at the position. Now, it’s just about execution.

This particular positional unit should certainly be one of strength in the future. As long as held continues to recruit at a high level, I would expect to see some big names coming in at the position. Historically, running back has always been a major position for Nebraska. They have churned out some big-time names, many of whom have gone on to play in the National Football League.

Here’s to hoping that trend continues.