I thought I would focus the first article after the Michigan St. loss on the most positive development coming out of the game. Shady is absolutely the real deal in every sense of the word. His performance in his first road game at a packed Spartan Stadium was amazing. For 1 quarter of the game he was our entire offense running that sprint option. The whole offense has been thrown on his 19 year old shoulders.
25 carries 172 yard performance was the only thing that our offense had going for it. Our quarterback situation is a huge problem but Shady has been consistent. Everybody in Spartan Stadium knew the ball was coming to him pretty much every play and it didn't matter. 8 and 9 men in the box didn't seem to have much effect on how effective Shady was. He is a complete running back with speed, vision, and moves. The way he hits the hole and runs at angles makes him a difficult player to tackle. Every time Shady touches the ball he is a threat to score, we haven't had that type of running back since Kevan Barlow.
Until our offense finds a way to throw the ball Shady is going to have to continue his amazing play, the thing is I don't think we have seen half of what he can do. He is taking this bad situation we have with the offense around him and making this team his. Right now, Shady is on his path to super stardom and the nation got their first chance to see him at MSU. I think he is becoming part of the national college football scene. He needs to be mentioned in the same breath as the other top line Big East running backs. The sky is the limit for Shady and he seems completely comfortable in his increased responsibility. Enjoy this while it lasts because Shady is a level of player that only comes around Pitt once in a while.