I know all the usual caveats about it’s early and the quality of the opposition apply here, but, still, an impressive statistical picture is beginning to emerge about Georgia’s running game. Consider these facts:
- Todd Gurley is averaging 9.9 yards per carry.
- Keith Marshall is averaging 5.7 ypc.
- Ken Malcome is averaging 5.6 ypc.
- Gurley is fourth in the SEC in rushing; Marshall is fifteenth.
- The above has been accomplished despite that the high in carries in a game belongs to Marshall, with 12.
- Georgia’s average of 222.7 rushing yards a game is its highest in 20 seasons. (Remember who the running backs were in 1992?)
- Through three games, Georgia already has nine rushes for 20 or more yards. The Dawgs totalled 22 in that category for the entire 2011 season.
I’m not foolish enough to declare mission accomplished here. It is indeed early. But let’s not forget going into the season, with the departure of 2011’s two leading rushers, including the SEC’s freshman of the year, running back was an area of great concern. I think it’s fair to say we can call off the Code Red now.