I suspect you're going to see Auburn diversifying the offense more over the next few games, but that's more thanks to the rest of the offense maturing than a desire to limit Newton's carries.Since I wrote and submitted that (a couple of days ago), I did recall another player who always seemed overjoyed to be playing football: Carnell Williams.
It's taken some time for Auburn to get the running back situation established. Now that things have worked themselves out, I think you're going to see Mike Dyer and Onterrio McCalebb get a lot more snaps from here on out, and Newton (with, I suspect, plenty of help from Gus Malzahn) also did a great job last week of spreading the ball around to multiple receivers (achtung, Lutzenkirchen!).
All that said, I don't think you take a player of Newton's abilities and then design your offense out of fear he might get hurt. When you've got a thoroughbred, you let him run. Newton himself seems to be more than happy to carry the load. I can't remember the last time I've watched a player who's so obviously delighted to be on the field.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Here's a link to my contribution for this week's al.com Blogger Roundtable. A sample:
Posted by Will Collier at 9/29/2010