Good article about Minnesota's new zone blocking scheme
under first-year offensive coordinator Jay Johnson (UL-Lafayette). The Golden Gophers return running backs Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith who as freshmen combined for 1,379 yards and 5.0 ypc.
"We’re still going to be a run-based football team, and [the running backs] all have the skill sets to do that, that’s for sure," he said. "Those two [Brooks and Smith] they could play in just about any scheme. They’re that talented. It’s more about getting the people around them to do their job to give those guys a chance.
"If we can get them to the line of scrimmage full-speed without somebody slowing them down, they make tremendous full-speed cuts and we’ll have a lot of big plays out of those two kids. A lot of times, they didn’t get that chance a year ago."