The college football season is almost upon us, and practice is underway for universities across the state.
For Terre Haute North Patriot Ricky Brookins, who now reps the Cream and Crimson, this will be a final year suiting up as a college running back.
IU football has seen many changes over the last few years, and as Head Coach Tom Allen is entering just his second season with the Hoosiers, its important to have dependable veterans like Ricky Brookins on the roster.
Brookins is only of only two senior running backs at IU, and since he is a redshirt senior going into his fifth year in Bloomington, he has the most experience.
Last season, Brookins averaged 8 yards per carry, the highest of the Hoosier backs. He may not get the most touches on the squad, but he certainly makes the most of the chances he gets.
And on a Hoosier team that averaged just 130 yards rushing per game in 2017, the third lowest in the Big Ten, his leadership is going to be needed in the fall.
“I’m like the teacher of the group, I could say,” Brookins said. “So for like the young dudes, I’m the guy that tells them the exact stuff, like when you’re doing plays make sure your footwork’s like this, and pass protection, make sure you’re inside out, have your hands this and that, so I think being the teacher can help even them out through certain things cuz they just wanna come out here and play hard, but you’ve gotta think hard as well too.”
Head Coach Tom Allen refers to Brookins as Mr. Dependable, and says he is one of the most infectious personalities on the team.