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In the past four games, Hugh Charles has rushed for 100 yards or more. Last week, he ran for a personal-best 171 yards vs. Kansas State, a team with a pretty good run defense. Coaches say Charles is running with more aggression. Where did that come from? Part of the answer may surprise you.

It turns out, in order to become more aggressive on the football field, Hugh Charles has been practicing being more mellow. At least in his mind. Head coach Dan Hawkins has noticed Charles' improved play. He said the 5-foot-8, 190-pound runner has been more assertive. The past two games, especially, Charles has been racking up impressive gains in that important category called "yards after...

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