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Mike Trumpy was Northwestern’s key RB — in this case, at least

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Updated: September 22, 2013 10:03PM

Calling the Northwestern running back situation a carousel is too negative — it implies trial and error.

The seven running backs the Wildcats have used this season are more like chess pieces, each with a specific skill set that caters to different situations.

During Saturday’s 35-21 home win over Maine, it was the hard-nosed running of Mike Trumpy that best suited the Wildcats. But that doesn’t mean Treyvon Green, NU’s go-to running back, has fallen out of favor or that there won’t be a place for Venric Mark when he returns from injury.

Trumpy ran 17 times for 94 yards and a touchdown.

‘‘We have confidence in all of our backs,’’ coach Pat Fitzgerald said. ‘‘I think Mike understands what we’re trying to do and goes out and does it to the best of his ability.’’

Green’s final rushing attempt came in the third quarter, giving reason to question whether he’d been hurt.

‘‘Not that I’m aware of,’’ Fitzgerald said afterward.

Mark did not dress for the third straight week as he deals with a lower-body injury. But he was on the sidelines in what appeared to be a show of enthusiasm for his teammates.

Based on that, Mark could be close to returning.

In the meantime, Trumpy has shown his style is even suited to running outside of the tackles.

‘‘It starts off with the offensive line,’’ Trumpy said. ‘‘I thought they did a great job [Saturday], and I think each week they continue to improve, and I’m just trying to do what I can to help out the team in any situation possible.’’


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