I’m not smart enough to know who he would replace, or where it would be, but somehow we need to get him the ball more.
As much as I love what we got with Whaley and Williams, they couldn’t have bounced that play outside like TJ did. The aforementioned W&W boys are great between the tackles and dragging guys for a couple extra yards. TJ has some Gary Anderson jets and shiftiness.
I like that idea, too. But, I will say the play that was called back because of penalty showed why he may not get so many carries. The ball was well away from his body, asking for someone to slap it away. Ball security is his issue. Bielema has mentioned it. He must get that corrected.
I saw that too, and thought, “please do not fumble”. I loved his moves, but ball security is far more important. I bet they are working hard on that.
Players like him in HS get away with that and are probably just a little quicker waving that ball around for balance (I guess), but that will not work in the SEC. They are just as fast as you and they will take the ball.
What good is a 20 yd play if you don’t have the ball when it is over? A punt is better than that.
He badly needs to look at the film and contrast how he carried the ball with how Devwah and Rawleigh carry it if he wants to know why he is number three on the depth chart. We definitely could use his speed and agility but not his “turnover waiting to happen” running style.
The next 3 games will give him a chance to improve his ball security, so I expect that he will get some chances against Misstake and Mizzery. He has to get his head right and recognize he has to be a complete player to get more playing time.
I’ve been saying all along that TJ will ultimately play a hybrid “wingback” role (some of the older readers will remember Harry Jones) - someone who gets 3-5 carries a game, but also catches 2 or 3 passes and maybe returns a punt or two. Percy Harvin, for you younger fans.
Has he actually fumbled yet…because he brings something at that spot that no one else on our team does. I also would keep him at RB and let him be a change of pace guy. When our O Line has trouble blocking, he is quick and shifty enough to still make positive yards. I love his game…but he can’t start fumbling. I will agree with that premise.
Yes, Devwah has a nice burst when he clears the line. I also, hope some of the “RW3 just can’t take it to the house” posters noticed his 40 yard TD run. The 5-star FL DB chasing him didn’t make up a step on him. Dove for him at the 10, but didn’t get him. RW3 also has a nice burst when he clears the line, as evidenced by that run.