John Pennington notes that Michael Dyer and Marcus Lattimore joined a small club last season – SEC running backs who gained over 1,000 yards as a freshman. But there’s an even more exclusive club within that club, as this chart indicates.
Running Back School Fr-So Years Fr. Rushing Total So. Rushing Total Herschel Walker Georgia 1980-81 1,616 1,891 Reggie Cobb Tennessee 1987-88 1,197 547 Emmitt Smith Florida 1987-88 1,341 988 Chuck Webb Tennessee 1989-90 1,236 156 Jamal Lewis Tennessee 1997-98 1,364 497 Justin Vincent LSU 2003-04 1,001 322 Darren McFadden Arkansas 2005-06 1,113 1,647 Mike Dyer Auburn 2010-11 1,093 ??? Marcus Lattimore S. Carolina 2010-11 1,197 ???
Only two of the seven freshmen prior to last season managed to repeat the accomplishment as sophomores.
Also, don’t forget Walker compiled his numbers in the eleven-game regular season era. With no SECCG to play in, either.