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Last week, Nebraska added a 3-star walk-on running back in Jaquez Yant.
The Florida native rushed for nearly 1,500 yards on 207 carries over the last two seasons of his high school career. Yant will bring a physical presence to a deep running back room in Lincoln. His high school coach, Brandon McCray, described him as a “fresh and motivated individual that when people get a chance to see him, it’s going to be a sight for everyone to behold,” because of his ability to do it all.
The 6-foot-2 225-pound back brings size and a one-cut ability that should be hard to match. The Huskers beat out the likes of Florida, Auburn, and Ole Miss among others to secure Yant. Yant described the “love” of the Huskers’ staff as one of the key reasons for the walk-on commitment.
WHAT DOES THE FILM SAY?
A vast understatement would be saying that Yant loves contact. Yant sometimes goes out of his way to run through defenders, especially at the second level. Yant reminds some of a one-cut back at the first level with trying to make the first defender miss when he has space.
Once at the second level, Yant loves to use that physical body to endure contact with smaller defensive backs. Yant has a unique burst in that first 10 yards that gives him an ability to be a downhill runner. Yant has the speed to be able to break big-time runs.
Overall, a walk-on commitment from a talent like Yant is rare in today’s age. Nebraska was able to make enough of a connection with Yant to make him feel at home. Yant could make a huge impact in the future because of his rare size, physicality, and burst. This is a guy that all Husker fans will want to see in the near future.