Thursday, March 7, 2013
Husker RB I.Cross wants an expanded role
By Brent Sobleski
Nebraska's Imani Cross won't be used simply as a power back this season. Cross will legitimately compete to replace Rex Burkhead as the Cornhuskers' starting running back.
Cross lost 14 pounds from last year's 235-pound playing weight according to Jon Nyatawa of the Omaha World-Herald. He has done so with the intent of becoming an every-down back.
The challenge for Cross after losing the weight is unseating Ameer Abdullah as the team's top back after Abdullah ran for 1,137 yards last season.
Whether Cross eventually starts or not, Nebraska can maintain a similar dynamic to last season with a pair of talented runners in the backfield and quarterback Taylor Martinez helping to lead the Big Ten Conference in rushing. Cross, meanwhile, should maintain his status as the team's power back even without the added weight.
“Imani's one of the most proactive guys you'll ever be around,” Nebraska running backs coach Ron Brown told Nyatawa. “He is constantly looking for development. He's just never satisfied.”