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A video popped up on Devante Williams' Instagram account (passed on to me by our fearless leader, Sammy Jacobs) that showed three separate runs by Devante Williams. The footage was quite impressive. Williams' high school highlight footage was quite exciting as well. Of course, it's wise to acknowledge that these are just highlight films and we shouldn't jump to conclusions based on only highlights. That being said, it's clear that "The Matrix" is very capable of making plays with the ball in his hands.
During this relatively quiet period, I pose these questions: -What do you think The Matrix's role will end up being in 2016 (and beyond)? -How much of a role would you like for him to play in the offense/how should he be deployed?
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Devonte Williams likely will have a significant role in the success or failure of IU's 2016 season. He will see considerable playing time at RB. Don't see him playing slot or WR.
Williams is not a pounder like Jordan Howard, nor does he have strength and size of Tevin Coleman. But he has speed and elusiveness and the ability to make plays. If he can hit the hole and accelerate or is able to turn the corner off tackle, he'll be a contributor. We'll probably see him drift out of the backfield from time to time, available for little swing passes. If so, he has the ability to turn a small gain into something more substantial. He'll be fun to watch.
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Williams role will be a result of how well Redding holds up and how fast Camion Patrick comes back from knee surgery. The players behind these two RBs will battle to get carries. The best chance the RBs have will be the games before Patrick returns as someone will have to spell Redding. IU has talented enough RBs that they will be able to split out and create match up problems for the defense. Which ever RB has the versatility to shift from the backfield into the slot position will see the most time on the field.
Coach McCollough is developing a stable of RBs that must wait their turn to shine as a starter. Coach put out video where he calls IU 'RB U' and with the run of RB seasons the past few years 'RB U' will be more than a slogan. I hope the RBs are patient enough to understand their time is coming.