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mesaSteeler
05-16-2009, 12:23 AM
Power Running Will Come Thundering through Pittsburgh Again
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/176358-power-running-will-come-thundering-through-pittsburgh-again

by Josh Sanchez

Since the days of Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh fans have been clamoring for one thing—a hard nosed runner.

The Steelers are known for their physical play and hard-nosed running attack, but since Bettis has left, no one has been able to fill the vacancy.

Willie Parker is a phenomenal back. He has had trouble staying healthy as of late and it may be related to him having to carry the ball between the tackles.

Pittsburgh drafted running back Rashard Mendenhall in 2008 in hopes of getting a back to share the load with Parker. Unfortunately, Mendenhall's rookie year was cut short after he suffered a season-ending injury at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.

Mendenhall is poised for a healthy return this season, but contrary to popular belief, he is not going to be the bulldozer the Steelers need. He has the build of a power back, but his speed allows him to be a more well-rounded of a runner. Mendenhall's patience is what sets him apart from the rest.

In steps fifth round pick, Frank "The Tank" Summers.

Summers was born Sept. 6, 1985 in Oakland, Calif. and he has always been a force.

In high school, Summers played running back and linebacker. You can attribute his time on defense to his hard-nosed running style. Summers will not be one to shy away from contact. He instead is looking to lay the hit.

Summers was also a varsity wrestler and a three-year shotputter for his high school, Skyline.

Pursuing his collegiate football career, Summers enrolled at Cal University. Due to late enrollment at the university, he redshirted his freshman season in 2004 and later transferred to Laney Junior College.

He eventually become one of the top 100 junior college players where he was a two-time All-American. During his time at Laney, he set records for most carries in a game (48) and most carries in a single season (254).

He also set rushing records for the school for most yards in a game (280) and most rushing yards in a season (1,515).

After his time at Laney, he went on to play at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). At UNLV, Frank continued to add to his impressive resume.

In his first season, he led the team in rushing yards and touchdowns, while earning All-MWC honors. He ended his first season with the most rushing yards at UNLV since 2004.

He entered his senior season on the Doak Walker Award Watch List. For the second straight season, he received All-MWC honors.

That brings us to the present.

Summers blew away scouts at his Pro Day when he recorded a 4.55 40-yard dash and a 34.5 inch vertical leap despite his monstrous size (5'9", 245 pounds).

If it were not for a knee-injury that Summers suffered in the season finale, he likely would have been taken higher in the draft. It is rare that you find a guy with his size, speed, and power.

Summers will be used as a short yardage specialist and fullback for the Steelers. He will be a welcomed addition to the team and he also brings some versatility in the passing game. He will be able to line up as a blocker, but he also has impressive hands.

He did not drop a single pass at his eye-popping Pro Day.

Steelers fans are excited with the arrival of "The Tank," and they are hoping he can help restore a hard-nosed rushing attack that the team has been missing since Super Bowl XL.

The comparison is there. We all want to make it. Will he live up to the hype and become the "Junior Bus?" We will have to wait and see.

Until then, appreciate him for what he is. Frank "The Tank" Summers. Power rusher and Pittsburgh Steelers. The rest is up to him.

wootawnee
05-16-2009, 02:00 AM
My homey gonna get it done......You came a long way Bro.....Can't wait to see you truck some backer.......Peace out.....

Galax Steeler
05-16-2009, 05:28 AM
I can't wait to see the Tanks in action I want to see some bulldozing in the Burgh.

theplatypus
05-16-2009, 08:01 AM
I can't wait to see the Tanks in action I want to see some bulldozing in the Burgh.

No doubt. A 10 minute drive featuring Mendehall and Summers to win #7 would kick ass. :tt03:

WeegiesWarriors
05-16-2009, 08:03 AM
48 carries in one game???? I hate seeing that. That's a lot of carries at any level. Most guys I'm sure went at his knees. I don't care if it's a Mountain West athlete it's still a lot of shots at the knees. Hopefully UNLV didn't wear him out.

billybob
05-16-2009, 09:48 AM
I have to agree with the power running concept . Along with defenses not having respect for ones running attack , They are more willing to send the kitchen sink after Ben , even on passing downs . I believe Arians is predictable with some of his formations , but that is another story . We use to line up , and teams knew we were going to run the ball , and we knew we were going to run the ball . So stop it , is the message we used to send . We need to find a way to re-send that message once again .

Psyychoward86
05-16-2009, 10:14 AM
Whether it be blocking, running, or receiving, i cant wait to see The Tank in action. Still my favorite pick of draft. This kid is something.

El-Gonzo Jackson
05-16-2009, 10:53 AM
Steeler fans, please accept the reality that the single back offense is here to stay as a staple.

Just because they drafted a guy in the 5th round doesnt mean they are gonna line him up in the I and pound the football like they days of Bettis, or even Bam Morris.

Summers may play FB instead of Davis in a couple seasons, but most likely I see him as a goal line back and special teamer. He probably will be in sweatpants a lot this season.

The Duke
05-16-2009, 11:19 AM
I just hope the guy makes the team. we have seen many of this big backs fail recently. nate ilaoa comes to mind

He probably will be in sweatpants a lot this season.

exactly, he is after all a steelers rookie. but hey, that means he made the team!!

parker, mendenhall and moore are active. if an injury happens well....

triphahn
05-16-2009, 11:39 AM
Steelers get that power game going and run those 15 play 10 minute drives with Ben healthy and our killer D and we will be very scary. Can't wait for September and Tennessee.

Vincent
05-16-2009, 12:33 PM
I doubt that his draft status will dictate his stature with a team that needs a tank. This kid is the closest thing we've seen Mrs Bettis' Baby Jerome. If they don't take advantage of that BA needs to be dipped in @#$%.

Fire Haley
05-16-2009, 12:33 PM
Smashmouth is dead - get over it.

5 WIDE!!!

Passing wins Super Bowls.

http://s.wsj.net/media/0201bowl58_E_20090201222136.jpg

mmalone
05-16-2009, 02:11 PM
Steelers get that power game going and run those 15 play 10 minute drives with Ben healthy and our killer D and we will be very scary. Can't wait for September and Tennessee.

exactly, if the tank can get us 3 or 4 more first downs a game and 4 more points from the goal line stances once a game. we will be a very hard team to deal with this season.

even if BA is on the team.

steelerdave1969
05-16-2009, 03:30 PM
Steeler fans, please accept the reality that the single back offense is here to stay as a staple.

Just because they drafted a guy in the 5th round doesnt mean they are gonna line him up in the I and pound the football like they days of Bettis, or even Bam Morris.

Summers may play FB instead of Davis in a couple seasons, but most likely I see him as a goal line back and special teamer. He probably will be in sweatpants a lot this season.

I can see your point here Gonzo, but I think the Steelers have went the way they have because they didnt have someone with the type of "Batterin' Ram" that we needed to do that. Willie is not the bulldozer type and I really dont think that Mendenhall will be either. I can see in the near future of Rashard Mendenhall being our starter and Summers coming off the bench the same way that Jerome Bettis did the final 2 seasons that he spent with the Steelers. Either way, I hope that we can use these players in the way that it takes for us to win our 7th super bowl in club history..

steelerdave1969
05-16-2009, 03:34 PM
Smashmouth is dead - get over it.

5 WIDE!!!

Passing wins Super Bowls.

http://s.wsj.net/media/0201bowl58_E_20090201222136.jpg

I guess that has been proven more times than not?... I doubt that.. The Steelers won 4 of their super bowls because of their running games and defense and 2 with their passing games. I am not saying 70% running... just make it closer to 50/50 until the 4th qtr. and then make it about 75/25 running the football to finish off the games.. but alot of that depends on how well our offensive line performs of course

KeiselPower99
05-16-2009, 04:43 PM
The fewer we see Reed kickin 20 yard FG's the happier alot of us will be.

triphahn
05-16-2009, 06:13 PM
Smashmouth is dead - get over it.

5 WIDE!!!

Passing wins Super Bowls.

http://s.wsj.net/media/0201bowl58_E_20090201222136.jpg

NOOOOO!!!!! Say it is'nt so.

thumper
05-16-2009, 07:21 PM
I thought this was a wasted pick at first, but the more I look into the Tank the more I like him.

T.Richardson
05-16-2009, 08:11 PM
How many times has smash mouth football worked in Cowhers era? He only had 1 super bowl title in 2 appearances, with the Bus carrying the load.

I think more passing would benefit Ben, and the team. Im not saying to trash the running game, but to pass more to set up the run. Running the ball down the opposing teams throat isnt going to win games, especially if you gain 2 or 3 yards a carry in doing so.

Psyychoward86
05-16-2009, 08:22 PM
How many times has smash mouth football worked in Cowhers era? He only had 1 super bowl title in 2 appearances, with the Bus carrying the load.

I think more passing would benefit Ben, and the team. Im not saying to trash the running game, but to pass more to set up the run. Running the ball down the opposing teams throat isnt going to win games, especially if you gain 2 or 3 yards a carry in doing so.

It worked 4 times in Chuck Noll's era :wink: Us Steeler fans are spoiled. Sometimes we get so used to winning that we dont realize how hard it is to get just one superbowl. Bill Cowher was superb. I hate the phrase "only one superbowl."

El-Gonzo Jackson
05-16-2009, 08:36 PM
I am not a Summers hater. I just think he will be like just about every other Steeler rookie drafted on day 2.

He will not make an impact this year. In 2010 you will see Mendenhall, Summers and Moore as the RB's and Parker will have cashed in elsewhere.

T.Richardson
05-16-2009, 08:43 PM
It worked 4 times in Chuck Noll's era :wink: Us Steeler fans are spoiled. Sometimes we get so used to winning that we dont realize how hard it is to get just one superbowl. Bill Cowher was superb. I hate the phrase "only one superbowl."

Actually in the last 30 years, the Steelers had only 1 super bowl with a big back. something tells me that philosophy of smash mouth football isn't working. New plan! Lets try passing?

steel striker
05-16-2009, 09:34 PM
I hope this fills the void we have at getting those tough yards 3rd or 4th and short. Time will tell I'm looking forward to this season.

fansince'76
05-16-2009, 10:17 PM
I guess that has been proven more times than not?... I doubt that.. The Steelers won 4 of their super bowls because of their running games and defense and 2 with their passing games.

I think it can safely be said our passing game had more to do with our '70s SB wins (save for SB IX) than our running game, considering that Swann was named MVP in SB X and Bradshaw was named MVP in SBs XIII and XIV.

mesaSteeler
05-17-2009, 01:20 AM
I think it can safely be said our passing game had more to do with our '70s SB wins (save for SB IX) than our running game, considering that Swann was named MVP in SB X and Bradshaw was named MVP in SBs XIII and XIV.

Having seen all four games I have to disagree with you. With out the power running of Franco and Rocky we would not have gotten to those Super Bowl. Remember 1976? We lost both Rocky and Franco and did not get out of the playoffs that year in spite of having the best defense in the history of the NFL and the exact same wide WRs and QB that won the next two Super Bowls.

If passing were the key to winning a SB then Arizona would have been SB champs not us. Had we had a power running game we would have crushed the Arizona instead of damn near losing the game. It took last second heroics to win that game. With a power running game we could have controlled the clock which you can't do with a passing attack. I pray that Tomlin brings back power running to the Steelers.