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The Red team's Wyatt Mazour (37) runs during the first quarter of Saturday's Red-White Spring Game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. (For the Independent/Jimmy Rash)

LINCOLN - Introducing Professor Wyatt Mazour.

The senior Husker running back may not have tenure yet, but he finds is still one of the most experienced backs on the team, and that means he’s had to embrace the new role as a teacher in the 2019 season.

The Albion (Boone Central/Newman Grove) product has battled injuries recently but had a strong performance Saturday’s Red-White scrimmage in Lincoln to cap his spring mentorship.

“I’ve been a teacher for most of the guys and helping them understand the offense,’ Mazour said. “We had new guys...this is kind of their first crack at it. Then they switched Moses (Bryant) over to running back so I guess I took a step into the leadership role and kind of helped guys understanding the offense and everything that goes in (to it) like protection and footwork.

“I think that was a big step for me in that area while on the field I was limited this spring. It was definitely beneficial. The team got a lot better and we’re taking a lot of strides in the right direction.”

Mazour finished with 22 yards on seven carries and had three receptions for 22 more yards. His 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter helped seal things for the Red Team in its 24-13 victory.

Mazour remains while several key backs that were on last year’s spring squad have departed due to graduation and transfer among other reasons.

“That’s why I felt like I needed to step up as a leader and just to help those guys understand the right way to do things,” Mazour said. “This was a big spring for everyone to grow.”

After appearing in all 12 games as a junior, Mazour put his shifty abilities on display in his final spring game with several broken tackles and sharp cuts during his 10 offensive touches.

It has been a grind for Mazour following a memorable high school career that was capped with an undefeated season and a state title for the Cardinals.

After redshirting, Mazour appeared in a combined four games as a freshman and sophomore before finding a more visible role under head coach Scott Frost.

Mazour made an impact on offense and special teams throughout a lackluster 4-8 season a year ago. Now in his final season, he wants to end things on the right note.

After putting together several solid spring games in his career, he said it’s time for even more of a regular season impact.

“I kind of have this hype around me with the spring game. I’m trying to make it more of an in-the-fall thing,” Mazour said. “That’s my goal. To help this team on offense and on special teams and to do it how coach Frost wants us to do it. And honestly, take leadership in the tempo of everything because our offense really needs that.

Running back competition is sure to heat up in the fall with the addition of several running backs to the fold over the summer.

Still, Mazour has found ways to stick out to the coaching staff.

“It’s really up to the guys coming in, how quick they can learn it. We’re thin at that spot right now and we’re hoping reinforcements are on the way” Frost said of the running backs. “There (are) some good things happening. Wyatt Mazour had a great spring for us and has been a consistent reliable guy.”

No matter the depth, Mazour is ready to make an impact. Whether it’s at running back, on special teams, or as a teacher on the practice field and in the film room.

“I just need to get myself healthy. I’m looking forward to a big fall,” he said.

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