TAKE 2: Running back situation a little more jumbled
Jacobson: Through the first five games of the season it seemed as if Leighton Settle was going to be “the man” at running back for Northern Illinois. The junior had 100-yard games against Tennessee-Martin and Central Michigan, including three touchdowns against the Chippewas. But Settle’s production has slipped over the past two games, accumulating only 25 yards on 17 carries.
What’s the current status of NIU’s running back situation? Is it jumbled again?
Nitz: It’s a little more jumbled, but I think Settle still is the best option at tailback right now. Akeem Daniels is a nice change-of-pace option and more of a threat in the passing game, and I would expect to see more and more of Keith Harris Jr. as the season goes on. I like the Huskies’ depth at tailback right now, and NIU coach Dave Doeren has raved about the group’s blocking ability.
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