Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room showcases an excellent example of strong ball security by 2019 NFL Draft prospect, RB Nico Evans of Wyoming.
Blessed with a low center of gravity and a compact and efficient running style, Nico Evans is built for work between the tackles. A senior, this will be Evans’ first year carrying the load for the Cowboys. If the rib injury he suffered last weekend isn’t too serious, I won’t be surprised if Evans’ ball security efficiency is higher than most.
Watch this touchdown run and notice how little the ball moves from a high and tight position — even after getting tripped up and stumbling to regain his balance. Most backs, especially the most elusive backs I study, often swing the ball wildly while attempting to regain their balance or make a dynamic change of direction.
Although the elbow loosens some during the part of the play described above, Evans shows that he can keep the ball more secure than most backs in this situation.
Evans provides an instructive example of ball security technique for running backs and running back coaches. I’m looking forward to sharing more about his game in the coming months.
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