For those who have worried Jonathan Dwyer.
I wouldn’t worry too much. Coach Paul Johnson isn’t.
Dwyer, 2009: 168 yards, 5.6 yards a carry, 2 touchdowns
Dwyer, 2008: 250 yards, 6.4 yards a carry, 3 touchdowns
Now, also keep in mind that Dwyer has actually only played the equivalent of 2 games this season. He sat out just about all of the second half of the JSU game, and missed all of the second half of the Miami game.
Johnson said after Wednesday’s practice that the thing about Dwyer is his yards will come in bunches. Dwyer said earlier this week that he wasn’t worried, either.
So, there you go.
I asked Paul Johnson if there was a difference in a player’s mindset between starting a game, or coming off the bench.
He said he didn’t think so. 30 snaps are 30 snaps.
Two players, Sedric Griffin and Julian Burnett, said they thought there was a small difference.
That difference being after you’ve earned a starting job you want to keep it by doing the right things, the smart things, etc. When you are coming off the bench you try to go full-bore to get the coaches’ attentions. I interpreted that to mean that perhaps you play a bit more recklessley as you come off the bench and try to earn a starting position, than you do as a starter. But, I’d love to hear y’all’s thoughts on that.