I understand exactly where Auburn coach Gene Chizik is coming from when he says he’d rather his running backs carry the bulk of the load in the Tigers’ running game.
For one, he doesn’t want Cameron Newton limping to the line of scrimmage by the sixth game of the season. Remember, Auburn plays 11 straight weeks before getting a bye.
And for any running game to be effective, you’ve got to spread the wealth. The most successful running games typically incorporate several different guys.
But when you have a quarterback like Newton — a 6-6, 250-pound guy who can run, who doesn’t mind running and can paralyze defenses with the run/pass option when he’s flushed out of the pocket — it’s the kind of thing that opens up all sorts of possibilities for the offense.