Covering college sports in the offseason tends to turn into an exercise in creative frustration. When there’s nothing going on in the real world – on the field or court, where real people engage in real interscholastic competition – we like to talk about conceptual or speculative things, things grounded in analytical thought or reaction. We’re opening up our window of our collective offseason stream of consciousness with a new little feature called “offseason musings.” Original, right? You probably don’t need further explanation, but the crux of the idea is for yours truly to relay a random Northwestern-related thought, question or conversation tidbit in extended form.
Any particularly compelling NU-sports related subject is fair game here, and want to hear from you, too: if you have anything you’d like addressed, feel free to tip us on Twitter (@Insidenu) or head on over to the contact page and shoot us (or your writer of choice) an email. This is a purely fun and spontaneous endeavor, and the topics could get wacky from time to time, but hey, what else is year-round Northwestern sports coverage if not diffusely entertaining? Consider this an official invitation into our offseason thought box.
The domino of running back commitments Northwestern secured over the past two weeks, a one-week stretch that saw both three-star Auston Anderson and four-star Justin Jackson give their verbal commitments, has allowed us to gloss over a few important things. For one, Northwestern still has a set of very good running backs ready to contribute this season. Venric Mark’s abilities do not need some instructive expository endorsement. Everyone – Big Ten defensive coordinators very much included – knows what he’s capable of in space. Mike Trumpy is a reliably physical complement, durable enough to double as the Wildcats’ No. 1 back for select stretches (see: Boston College, September 2012). Treyvon Green appeared to regain some of the explosiveness he flashed in spurts during his freshman season. Redshirt freshmen Malin Jones and Stephen Buckley were one of the main stories coming out of spring practice, and look ready to contribute from day one.