On the same day, the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team lost two players, but one’s departure has a direct impact on the team moving forward. Nebraska running back Braylon Heard and defensive tackle Chase Rome left the program on Wednesday, which means their spots must be filled for 2013. Although Rome’s departure hasn’t been acknowledged yet, Nebraska has an answer for the void left by Heard, but 2013 recruit Adam Taylor will be more than just a backup running back.
As a sophomore in 2012, Heard was a backup to fellow sophomore Ameer Abdullah, rushing for almost 350 yards on 52 carries, including three touchdowns. There’s no word yet on where Heard might end up and despite Abdullah’s solid 2012 campaign, Taylor will undoubtedly cut into his carries as a freshman this fall. So in other words, the Cornhuskers likely won’t miss Heard very much.
Abdullah recorded over 1,100 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in 2012 while averaging right at five yards per carry. So Nebraska now has a good problem in its backfield with two quality running backs, granted Taylor is as good as advertised. If 227 yards and all five of his team’s touchdowns in the Texas High Schools 5-A State Championship Game aren’t promising enough, nothing is or ever will be. The Cornhuskers didn’t finish the 2012 season very strong but a loaded running game should help them get off to a quick start in 2013.