Only a few days ago Nebraska was coming into the 2009 season with one of the best tandems in the Big 12. Now we're coming in with one of the thinnest backfields Nebraska has seen in a LONG time.
Think about this for a minute - when was the last time the Huskers had:
- only two running backs - Roy Helu Jr, Marcus Mendoza - with any on the field experience, with Mendoza's experience only nominal? (A quick look back brings me to 1990 with Terry Rodgers, Leodis Flowers and Lamont White, but that's a quick look)
This, my friends, leaves Roy Helu Jr entering the season not as a running back, but as Atlas. Not Charles Atlas, who turned 99-pound weaklings into real men when I was a kid, but the one of legend, who had to hold up the sky.