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Mike Riley May Be Rebooting the Nebraska Fullback

Andy Janovich

Andy Janovich

Andy Janovich, what have you done? Nebraska football head coach Mike Riley has been singing the praises of the Gretna, Neb., native ever since his breakout game against Southern Miss earlier this year.

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It looks like thanks to Janovich's offensive output, Riley may endear himself to countless Husker fans soon.

Kingston Davis, a Michigan commit and the No. 1-rated fullback according to the 247Sports Composite Index, recently set up an official visit to watch the Big Red play.

The opponent of the day couldn’t be any more appropriate as Davis will be watching Nebraska take on the Michigan State Spartans, one of the Wolverines’ archrivals.

The connection between Janovich and Davis is simple. Riley is a fan of getting the ball in as many pairs of hands as possible.

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Thanks to No. 35’s versatility, a trait the head man of the Huskers loves, fullback looks to be a position that he’ll be recruiting for the foreseeable future.

Davis committed back in early April, so no doubt his relationship with the Michigan staff is strong. However, it’s hard to argue that the Huskers want to get their fullback the ball, especially watching past few games on Nebraska’s schedule.

Many a family has enjoyed what the Big Red has to offer in terms of an athletic and academic institution as well.

It’s an unknown if the Wolverines would use one of their three other running back commitments while Davis sits on the bench, but Janovich is a senior and his production would be immediately missed. If that’s not a selling point for the fullback, I don’t know what is.


Davis, a hoss from Prattville, Ala., certainly looks the part as a potential Janovich 2.0. At 6-1, 230, he’s run for 1,334 yards on 188 carries while averaging 167 yards per game and has scored on 12 occasions in his senior season.

It’ll certainly be a battle for his services as not only will Nebraska’s staff be hosting him for a visit of a familiar foe to Michigan, but the Wolverines are bringing him in for their annual hate-fueled tussle with Ohio State.

His recruitment is going to be one Husker fans will want to keep their eye on through the month of November.

— Written by Brandon Cavanaugh, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Be sure to follow Brandon on Twitter @eightlaces and Periscope (eightlaces), and like his Facebook page.