Perimeter blocking will spring more long runs than a pulling guard. That's because most big run plays get bounced to the outside. If you can neutralize a defensive back who's out on an island with a receiver, the opportunity to go the distance grows dramatically. That's why the move of tight end Mike McNeill to wide receiver this spring, might not just be about the passing game.

Flash back to 1996. Nebraska was dominating the Big 12 North and NU churned out over 3,500 rushing yards and 45 rushing touchdowns that season, and 43 points per game. And one piece of that puzzle was wide receiver Jon Vedral (nicknamed "the Ved"). So respected and feared was he by opposing coaches and players as an outside blocker, that he was named honorable mention all-conference despite some very meager...

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