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Jeremy Hills

I love the idea of getting a star recruit like Jeremy Hills experience his first year, but why did we wait until this late in the season?  We failed to work him into the mix with McGee, Ogbannaya, Johnson, and (to a much lesser extent) Whittaker.  I don't think the experience he's getting right now is worth either the exposure to injury or the valuable red shirt we burnt.  Any theories on why this was done?  Is our running back core that beat up that he had to come in to help share the load?  Was it to show recruits you can play your first year if you do what's asked of you?  I understand if Mack doesn't want him making mistakes against the OU's of the world as a skinny, true freshman, but why didn't he play more relief in our non-conference games?  I understand we didn't know who our starter, or what our strategy would be at running back in those early days, but if we ever considered using him in the backfield for a second, and thus burning the redshirt, why not make competition truly open in games we should always win (weaker non-conf matches compared to Big 12 battles) and give him a chance to show us what he can do?  I don't think our backfield is so beat-up that he had to fill in.  Vondrell's got two more years of eligibility.  Fozzy has three. We also want Lache Seastrunk.  Was it just to make more room?  As per Cody Johnson, if he can drop some weight maybe he work his way back into the mix to be a starter...but wouldn't it actually be better for the team to have him put on some bulk and stay the short-yardage back we've needed?  With all this depth and talent we're targeting I wonder if we don't move Jeremy out to WR..or at least sub him as speed for Fozzy at times?

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