Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room examines new USC starter Keontay Ingram, a well-rounded running back with a subtle skill for creating space who has a shot to increase his 2022 NFL Draft profile.
Good players that handle the football gain yardage. It’s a simple concept. The skills needed to do so are anything but simple, especially for running backs.
Keontay Ingram had a strong start to his career at Texas as a do-it-all tailback. However, it doesn’t take a football genius to realize that the arrival of Bijan Robinson would place a significant dent in Ingram’s playing time.
Combine a high-ankle sprain with a pair of fumbles — Ingram’s ball security rate is actually starter-caliber by NFL standards — and the Longhorns ushered in the Bijan Era faster than you can say, “Earl, Ricky, Cedric, and Jamaal.”
Don’t feel bad for Ingram. He’s looking good in preseason camp as USC’s projected starter. And that’s no surprise because he has the skills to create space and creating space is the underlying skill for creating yardage on the ground and through the air.
Here are two plays where Ingram creates space as a runner and receiver thanks to his ability to juggle multiple points of information and process them in a timely succession. You’ll hear the term, “scraping blocks,” mentioned in this video. To learn more about this, check out my brief analysis on Raheem Mostert.
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