Hubert’s ground gains

By Joshua Kinder

John Hubert led K-State running backs a year ago with 970 yards rushing. On Saturday, though he didn’t start, the junior finished with 152 yards on just 12 carries — highlighted by a 95-yard touchdown run in the second half.

Prior to the season, however, co-offensive coordinator Dana Dimel said he would like for Hubert’s 4.8 yards per carry increase this year. He’s on his way to doing that, albeit helped by his long run, averaging 12.7 yards per carry so far.

Snyder said that rather than focus on the yards per carry number, he prefers to look more at the yards a running back gains in certain situations.

“We look at down and distances, and say that if we run the football, then this is the amount of yardage that we make this an efficient play on first-and-10 or whatever,” Snyder said.

Snyder also said he doesn’t pay much attention to the number of carries someone gets either, saying the opponent’s defense will dictate that.

“If they want to line up and commit enough people to take away John Hubert, then he probably is not going to carry the ball much in that given game,” he said. “If they give him the opportunity to run it, then he will probably run it a bunch. I don’t think there is a number that is too many.

“You would like for him to have a significant number of carries in order to demonstrate balance in your offense, balance meaning, in this case, the distribution of the ball to a variety of different players.”

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