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TJ

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Alex Compton wrote an interesting article on "impact freshmen for the 2016 season"...his thoughts on Kiante Enis got me thinking and I'm curious what the HH community thinks.

Assuming Camion Patrick won't be 100% until the middle of October and won't be available for games until B1G season begins, how do you think the RB depth chart will look and how will the carries be split up? Alex wrote that a good summer and fall could put Kiante Enis second on the depth chart, behind only Devine Redding. Enis put up ridiculous numbers at Winchester and he's clearly a good fit for this offense. However, I've always been impressed by Mike Majette and Devante Williams has been good this spring. Other guys include Brookins, Rodriguez and fellow freshmen Cole Gest and Tyler Natee. So, how do you view things shaking out behind Redding until (or perhaps beyond) Camion Patrick returns to action? How do you think or hope the carries get divvied up? 

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FloridaHoosier

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Winchester did not have a good passing game, so I think it will depend on how he handles something he has done very little of, pass protection.
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I believe Majette and Williams will get first crack once fall camp opens.  We are at a point in the program where Freshman really need to stand out to get on the field.  Our depth is better.  If he is productive in camp though, I do not see why he could not be number 2.  With Patrick due to return, the question will be in Enis will get decent reps all season long.  If yes, then he plays, if no, then not.

I love the fact that we can now base decisions on competition not just # of stars or potential.  Position battles will be fun to watch and will make our program better.
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hoosierhuddle

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Both Florida Hoosier and Babsoni make great points. Florida, if Enis can become a guy that can pick up blitzes and give the Hoosiers something they need he'll play. That's where a guy like Tyler Natee may get some playing time as well. It great to have depth, redshirting guys can be a luxury, but having quality depth that can play multiple positions at RB is going to make this offense move at hyper-drive.
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Babsoni

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Do we have 3 Freshman RB,  Gest, Natee, Enis?  Do any of these change positions this year or how will they be utilized
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hoosierhuddle

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Babsoni,
Yeah three running backs coming in as freshman. I think the guy who is definitely going to play his Natee. He can be a superback like Vitale at Northwestern and be a power back at fullback in goal line situations. IU hasn't had a back like him in a while. 
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Hoosierwhodey

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I think Devonte Williams has a huge impact by catching balls out of the backfield.   I also think Gest sees that field at some point.
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HoosierHolmes

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When I look up and down the Hoosiers roster at all the players listed at running back, my head begins to spin, talk about an embarrassment of riches. Redding is a well-known quantity at this point and can do all the things you need in an every down back. I feel comfortable splitting out most of the options into the slot as well; Brookins, Williams and Majette can all catch the ball. Talk about opening up the playbook. Then you factor in Gest, Enis and Natee, and they all too can make catches out of the backfield or be lined about in other positions. I saw Gest in camp last summer and he made a great over the shoulder grab. The only concern I have is our ability to churn out those short yards. Can Rodriquez be that guy? Luckily for whoever is back there, he'll be running behind one of the conference's top offensive lines and there should be plenty of holes to run through. 
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Mark Newlin

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The unknown factor with Enis is the competition level he played against in high school as Winchester is a 2A school.  Compare that to Cole Gest playing in the biggest class in Ohio and in a very good football conference.  Enis will be seeing a major step up in talent level and I think it is a bit foolish of  Alex to project Enis as a number two back this coming year.  However he did qualify it with Enis having a very good Fall camp.  There was talk of moving Enis to defense [safety] where he also played in high school.

IU does have a plethora of RBs with no superstars but some very good backs that can play RB or shift to a receiver spot which creates match up problems for defenses.  I hope Patrick has a complete recovery and that he is ready early in the B1G season so I can see how good he is.  I remember Coach Wilson and other IU football coaches commenting that Patrick was their best player last year.  If he is that good the offense will be a devastating offense with him trading off with Redding.
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