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Watch now: Illinois State tailbacks compete for carries in post-Robinson season

NORMAL — James Robinson carried the football 364 times during the 2019 season for the Illinois State football team.

With Robinson now in the NFL as the starting tailback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, that number drops to zero when the Redbirds return to play in 2021.

That leaves a whole bunch of carries up for grabs, and ISU has no shortage of candidates to gobble them up.

“There are a lot of opportunities for them with James no longer with us,” Redbird running backs coach Khenon Hall said. “But these guys are definitely capable of stepping up.