Ten plus

I saw this tweet…

… and was a little curious about how much of that sort of production the conference was losing this season.

It turns out quite a bit.  Of the SEC’s top ten players in runs of 10 or more yards, six are gone, including the top four.

The good news for us is that the leading returning player in that regard is D’Andre Swift.

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20 responses to “Ten plus

  1. Gaskilldawg

    Interesting. I clicked the link and was surprised to see James Cook was tied for 41st considering how few carries he had.
    I would have guessed Swift would be higher but he was affected early in the season by the groin injury.

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    • Russ

      I was about to say that about Swift. You can take out the first half of last season because he was hurt. If he stays healthy he should have a monster year for us.

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  2. Greg

    Amazing that James Cook only had 41 carries but had 7 games that he had 20 yards or more. Didn’t even look, but I bet that leads the nation when you consider only 41 carries. Hoping he has put on some more weight,….gonna he hell on wheels if he does imo.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      He got at least ten yards on 24.4% of his carries, which is the best among the players I checked. That seven of those runs went for 20+ is even more impressive. Nobody even approached 70% of their 10-yard runs going for 20 among the rest of the group. Higher usage will drive those numbers down to more normal levels, but still.

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  3. Kalamazoodawg

    That would seem to run contrary to the narrative about Holyfield’s speed and quickness coming out of the combine. I would be interested to know the % of carries when compared to Williams and Snell – I bet he had half their carries.

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  4. I just looked it up and EH had 159 carries, Snell over 280 and Williams over 270. Swift was at 163 carries with 32 of 10+.

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  5. Biggus Rickus

    I was wondering about percentages of runs that went for 10+. Trayveon Williams’ percentage was a pretty awesome 21%. Snell and Fitzgerald, not so much (though sacks would drag down Fitzgerald’s to some degree). Swift’s was just shy of 20% (19.6%), and the top two returning players in that regard (at least among the top 12) were Ke’Shawn Vaughn (20.4%) and Najee Harris (23.9%!). In case you’re curious, Holyfield’s percentage was 21.4%.

    Holyfield was also among the worst out of that group at getting to twenty or more yards, as only 7 of his 34 went for 20+. Swift was 11 of 32. The most explosive back out of all of them appears to be Ke’Shawn Vaughn. A third of his ten yards runs went for 40+. Nobody else had more than 5 40+ yard runs.

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  6. Go Dawgs!

    If we have a healthy Swift to start the season and he stays relatively healthy over the course of 12 games… I’m sorry, rest of the SEC. It’s going to hurt.

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  7. J-Dawg

    If Zeus is ready to go, look out! That gives us a rotation of Swift, Cook, Zeus and Herrian for the short hard yards as a hybrid fullback. Plus McIntosh and the others. Not even Bama can match a backfield of that caliber. Plus, if they put the game in Fromm’s hands we will be the worst nightmare of any team we face. Can’t wait for the cocktail party.

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    • Uglydawg

      You’re posting porn here, J-Dawg.

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    • J.G.

      Agreed. A healthy Swift, a healthy Zeus who has returned to form, a healthy Cook after more than a year of S&C…. That’s the best backfield in college football, hands down, running behind what ought to be the best OL in college football, playing with one of the best QBs in college football. And if our DL and LB play isn’t noticeably better this year, I’ll be shocked. It’s Georgia football, so any (bad) thing can happen, but I don’t see how we aren’t playing for the national championship again, and winning the damn thing.

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  8. McTyre

    That stat is fake news because I saw EH run a slow 40 at the NFL Combine. The electronic timer doesn’t lie.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      40 times can be misleading because game speed is different from sprinting. However, in this case he didn’t have that top gear in games either, which is why his runs generally didn’t break any bigger. I think his quickness to the hole, agility and instincts give him a shot at being a solid pro, but he’s probably not capable of being an elite back.

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      • Got Cowdog

        I was thinking the same thing when I read your earlier post. Holyfield is quick to the hole and a hammer when he gets there but doesn’t have the getaway gear that most elite backs do.
        That being said, I loved watching him run. Angry and looking to cleat print someone.

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        • Biggus Rickus

          I loved Holyfield. He probably didn’t get as much respect as he deserved because Georgia’s been blessed with an overabundance of talent at the position from 2012 on, but he was a very good college running back. I hope he figures out a way to hone his game to make him stand out at the next level.

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  9. Tony Barnfart

    D’Andre Swift needs to be in a green no-contact jersey ALL OF SPRING.

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    • California dawg

      This all damn day. Zeus returning to form isn’t a guarantee. I haven’t read much on any S&C progress Cook has made, but I hope he’s made some. Or maybe he’ll take on more of a Isiah Mckenzie/Mecole hybrid role.

      Basically I feel our RB room isn’t as crowded as it’s been for several seasons now, and all it could take is one Swift injury to make this a very long season. I welcome any takes to the contrary though.

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  10. J-Dawg

    RB room isn’t as crowded??????? Are you insane or have you been breathing in that CA smog? Cook, McIntosh, Herrien, Zeus, plus the 4-stars coming in this year? What part of locked & loaded do you not understand?

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