- Jan 25, 2019
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It's never going to be an exact science and reasonable people can disagree. I don't really have an exact pitch count and it's likely different for different people. I would think of handing the running backs similar to how you'd handle a pitching staff. It's never going to be exact.
I probably would have put Mo on around a 20 carry pitch count (~250-260 for the full season). Ideally, With Potts, it probably would have been 15-20. With Bucko, I'm probably more like 12-15. It depends on the person. Would it have prevented injuries? Surely not, it's a violent position. Do I think it would help reduce the chance of injury? Most likely.
Yes, as I said earlier I agree in general with the idea of spreading the carries out, and Fleck has stated as much.
Mo might be the exception, though, for me. As MNVCGUY pointed out, Mo seemed to get stronger and stronger at the end of games. It seemed to wear the opponents' defense out. If I was a coach attempting to install a winning culture in a program, I'd find it hard to say no to watching that unfold. It was inspiring.
I can think of many examples. I still can picture Mo rumbling toward the end zone and then sliding feet first, going down intentionally to keep the clock running, at the end of the Nebraska game last season.
I think Mo's sheer relentlessness was a helluva a psychological weapon for the Gophers. You could almost see the opposing defenders thinking, "Oh, God... here he comes again!"
And Potts seemed to have some of the same traits.