(About that header: I’m going to presume you’ve switched on your sarcasm meters.)
After my post yesterday about the statistical anomaly of Georgia’s 2009 turnover margin number, I thought I’d look for other statistical or situational nuggets that might suggest that the Dawgs’ prospects in 2010 aren’t as marginal as many pundits have already declared them to be.
So, consider this: Georgia’s two leading rushers in 2009 were Washaun Ealey and Caleb King. That, despite Ealey not seeing the field until the third quarter of the LSU game and King making his first appearance midway through the first quarter of the Arkansas game.
Ealey didn’t play in enough regular season games to qualify for inclusion on the list of leading rushers on the SEC’s stats page. Had he been there, he would have ranked sixth in yards per game and third in yards per carry. As it is, on the list of top returning running backs in the conference, he’s second behind the Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram.
In other words, there’s no comparison between the shape Georgia’s running game is in going into the 2010 season and the shape it was in after Moreno left early for the NFL. That should be particularly good news for whomever wins the starting quarterback job this season.