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  1. Through 10 games Cameron Artis-Payne has 1,276-yards rushing, averaging 5.59 yards per rush. Through the same number of games last season, Tre Mason had 1,038-yards on 5.73 yards per attempt. CAP has 22 plays of 15-yards or more this season compared to Mason's 13 through the same number of games. Against the Georgia Bulldogs Cameron Artis-Payne was held to just 86-yards rushing, though the senior RB had a 28-yard run called back on a holding penalty. CAP has been the most consistent performer on offense this season and currently leads the conference in rushing with two games remaining in the regular season. The play... During a moment of HUNH mode, Auburn runs their buck-sweep with a 1st & 10 at the Georgia 26-yard line. At the snap Devonte Danzey and Chad Slade pull to their right as Ricardo Louis crack-backs on the ILB to help seal the edge. CAP takes the inside hand off from Nick Marshall, sweeping right behind his pulling guards. CAP allows his guards to open up a hole before he accelerates down the sideline. In frame #4, CAP dips his left shoulder to make himself a smaller target before he breaks towards the sideline. The play results in a 26-yard touchdown, the tenth of the season for the senior running back.
  2. Through 9 games Cameron Artis-Payne has 1190-yards rushing, exceeding the pace of Tre Mason's All-American season in 2013. Mason had 921-yards through 9 games in 2013 and both backs averaged 5.72 yards per rush up through 9 games. CAP averages a 10-yard run or better every 6.1 carries compared to Mason's ratio of 1 every 7.3 attempts. It will be difficult for CAP to close out the season as Mason did in 2013 but it doesn't change the fact CAP is on pace for a very special season of his own. He is currently on pace for a 1,700-yard plus season through 13 games. The senior running back has totaled 5,212 rushing yards during his collegiate career with 58 rushing touchdowns. His 1190-yards through 9 games is the third best mark by an Auburn player, through 9 games into the season. His 132.2 yards per game is behind Bo Jackson's 169.2 average in 1985 and Rudi Johnson's 137.6 yards per game in 2000. He is currently the No. 10 rusher in the country and No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference. He becomes stronger as the game progresses, averaging 5.26 yards per rush in the first quarter and 6.60 yards per carry during the fourth quarter. He has saved his best performances for conference play, averaging 149.8 yards against SEC defenses. While at Auburn he has 13 career games of 10-carries or more, averaging 115-yards per game during those 13 contests. He has led Auburn in rushing 12 times despite this being his only starting season. During those 12 games, CAP has averaged 126.5 yards per game on 6.15 yards per rush. His 126.5 average is the 4th best among Auburn RB's, who led Auburn in rushing at least 10 times during their career. He currently has 20 impact plays on the season, just 3 short of Tre Mason's 23 during the entire 2013 season. Cameron Artis-Payne has at least 4 games remaining in his collegiate career and will make the most of his remaining opportunities. It has been the story of his career, making the most of his opportunities. He had no major scholarship offers coming out of high school and elected to give up on football for one year after high school. He then enrolled into Junior College to give it one more try, working diligently to be recruited by Auburn as a JUCO player. I don't recall another RB in the SEC that was not offered a scholarship coming out of high school that would eventually lead the SEC in rushing, while becoming one of the top backs in the country. War CAP Eagle!
  3. With half the regular season in the books, Auburn is currently No. 15 in rushing and No. 4 in the conference. Hoping to add some additional spark to the offense and Auburn's 262-yards rushing per game, Gus Malzahn gave Roc Thomas his first meaningful snaps of the season against Mississippi State. Auburn suffered their first loss of the season but Thomas had 42-yards on 6 carries during his limited role in the Auburn game plan for the Bulldogs. The true freshman currently has 19 carries on the season, averaging 5.68 yards per rush. Despite his limited action, he has converted this 19 carries into 7 first downs and 5 runs of 10-yards or more. The play... During this play Auburn faces a 2nd & 3 from the MSU 29-yard line. Auburn will run their counter play and the key to the play will be how the MLB tracks the Auburn backfield and the block by Duke Williams on the edge. At the snap Nick Marshall will make the inside give to Roc Thomas. The MLB freezes to make sure Marshall doesn't keep and to make sure it is not an inside run by the RB. Roc Thomas initially sells the inside run before bouncing the play outside. Duke Williams makes a crackback block on the OLB, sealing him inside of Thomas, running to the edge. Thomas sprints into the secondary, where he fakes going inside the secondary, before spinning outside towards the sideline. The play nets 18-yards and an Auburn first down. At 5-10, 193 pounds, Thomas might not be physically ready for a full workload as the primary rusher but he can provide Auburn with a compliment to Cameron Artis-Payne. Malzahn is hoping that Thomas can provide the extra burst to give Auburn a home-run threat at the primary RB position. The bye-week will give Thomas and the Auburn coaches time to prep Thomas for extended play against South Carolina.
  4. Cameron Artis-Payne might not be an "elite" RB but he is far from simply being average. His skill set is great vision, terrific lateral ability and quick feet. He doesn't possess game-breaking speed but he is a strong runner. The following play is a display of his skill set. The play.... On this play Auburn has a 1st & 10 from their own 42-yard line. Focus on the 3 defenders with the "red" arrows to appreciate this run. After taking the hand off, CAP initially steps towards the A-gap but a LB is able to shoot through the gap. CAP is forced to bounce the play outside, utilizing a great cut to avoid being tackled in the backfield. Just as he bounces outside he is faced with a CB coming off the edge unblocked. He immediately cuts inside of the CB, avoiding the second defender. Now CAP is face to face with the safety crashing down. He once again cuts outside with a stiff-arm to break away from a third tackler. The play results in a 37-yard gain. Auburn coaches and CAP himself have stated he is a back that becomes more effective as his running attempts are extended. For the season, he has rushed for 152-yards during his first 10 carries of the game. This averages out to 3.8 yards per carry. His combined carries after his 10th rush attempt has totaled 316-yards or 6.87 yards per rush. First 10 carries: 152-yards on 40 carries. 11th carry and on: 316-yards on 46 carries. He has averaged 4.25 yards per attempt during the 1st quarter and 9.00 yards per attempt during the 4th quarter. His running style reminds me of Rudi Johnson, when it comes to his quick feet and lateral ability. Johnson was not a speed guy and was a patient runner not always bursting through gaps. The same can be said about CAP, though he appears to have a quicker burst to the hole than Rudi Johnson. He is on pace for a 1400-yard season in 12 games, which average backs simply don't accomplish. Again, he is not an elite RB but he is certainly a major contributor to this offense and better than average as some have labeled him.
  5. Corey Grant has become more of an intricate part of the offense this season and he is making the most of his opportunity. Of course this has always been the case for Grant, who has proven to be dedicated on and off the field. Though he has only 95 career carries, Grant has made the most of them, averaging a whopping 8.97 yards per rush. This includes an average of 9.57 yards per carry in Gus Malzahn's offense. Of his 95 career rush attempts, 38.9% have resulted in a first down and 31.6% have been gains of 10-yards or more. This season he has proven to be a solid performer running between the tackles. The play... On this play Auburn has a 1st & 10 from their own 40-yard line. Auburn comes out in a 4-WR set. The 4-WR set includes "trips" to the wide side. Because Auburn runs the ball 76% of the time on first down, the San Jose State has 8 defenders aligned to the boundary side. This opens up the wide side of the field for a perimeter sweep. At the snap Nick Marshall recognizes the LB's over top are playing the inside keep by the quarterback so he hands off to Corey Grant. Marcus Davis does a great job sealing the OLB as long as he can as D'haquille Williams walls off the safety to create a running lane on the edge for Corey Grant. It doesn't take long for Grant to the turn corner and sprint up field for an 18-yard gain and an Auburn first down. Grant is currently averaging 88-yards per game on 8.8 yards per rush. He is on pace for a 1000-yard season and is Auburn's No. 4 player in generating impact plays on offense.
  6. One of the question marks about the 2014 Auburn offense before the season began was the replacement of Tre Mason. Because of his experience and production, Cameron Artis-Payne was the obvious choice to become Auburn's "every down" back. So far through 2 games, CAP has made the most of his opportunity. He currently is the No. 2 rusher in the conference, averaging 144.5 yards per game. Though his style is different from Tre Mason, Artis-Payne has his own strong attributes as a running back. He has great vision, terrific lateral movement and strength to be a consistent performer and one of Auburn's impact players on offense. The play... His 31-yard run against San Jose State was a great example of his abilities to be a major play-maker for the Auburn offense. During this play Auburn faces a 2nd &10 from the Spartan 32-yard line. Auburn will run a draw play with Cameron Artis-Payne. After taking the delayed hand off from Nick Marshall, CAP steps in towards the "B" gap. The step inside draws the OLB into the inside running lane. CAP bounces the play outside towards the side line and up the field. At the 20-yard line, CAP is met by the safety but he makes another hard cut, avoiding solid contact from the defender. He continues down the sideline, where he powers through 2 defenders inside the 5-yard line to make it to the 1-yard line. CAP scores on the touchdown on the very next snap. CAP has averaged 6.88 yards per rush during his first 2 games compared to the 5.93 averaged by Tre Mason during the first 2 games of the 2013 season.
  7. A primary area to watch for in 2014, when it comes to the Auburn offense will be their ability to run inside and throw over the top (over the LB's). Late in the 2013 season, opposing teams began to defend the edge to defend the running game to limit the damage caused by the Auburn running game.The following numbers will explain why... Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne accounted for 408 carries last season. Nick Marshall, Corey Grant and Ricardo Louis accounted for 257carries. Mason and CAP accounted for a 10+ yard run every 6.1 carries, while Marshall, Grant and Louis did it every 3.5 attempts. Mason and CAP accounted for a 20+ yard run every 25.5 attempts, while Marshall, Grant and Louis did it every 11.7 carries. Mason and CAP accounted for a 30+ run every 58.3 attempts, while Marshall, Grant and Louis did it every 19.8 attempts. Auburn was more likely to pop a big run on the edge than between the tackles, which is why opposing defenses were more concerned about the edge, willing to take their chances inside. Tre Mason was a consistent and reliable performer running between the tackles last season with 45 percent of his carries netting at least 5-yards. Will Cameron Artis-Payne and Peyton Barber be able to be as productive in 2014? Auburn's ability to run inside and pass over the top, will prevent defenses from out-manning Auburn on the edge or make them pay for it, when they do.
  8. Last season Corey Grant had a limited role in the Auburn offense when it came to actual touches. Grant carried the ball just 66 times during the 2013 season and caught 4 passes. He played in all 14 games during the past season but was limited to 5 carries or less during 9 games. With the departure of Tre Mason, look for Grant's role in the offense to likely expand in 2014. Though he had less than 70 carries during 2013, Grant made the most of his opportunities. He averaged nearly 10-yards per rush and scored 6 rushing touchdowns. 14.8% of Tre Mason's rush attempts went for 10-yards or more. Cameron Artis-Payne produced 10+ yard rushes, 20.9% of the time. Corey Grant checked in at 34.8% with 23 of his 66 carries resulting in at least 10-yards. The Play... During the 2014 A-Day game, Corey Grant was limited to just 5 carries but once again made the most of his offensive touches. Grant finished the game with 128-yards rushing, including the above 54-yard run for a touchdown. The play is a speed-option, which quickly gets Grant on the edge and up the field. The play is a perfect display of his game-changing speed and his ability to get north & south very quickly. C.J. Uzomah and Brandon Fulse are key on the play, creating a running lane for Grant to explode down the side line. At one point, it appears the CB and safety on the wide side of the field had the angle to make the play on Grant but Grant's speed allowed him to split the final two defenders. Once Grant makes it to the secondary, there are very few defenders in the country that possess the speed to to catch him.
  9. Auburn might not lead the nation in rushing in 2014 as they did during 2013 but the components are in place for a top-10 rushing attack. The offensive line will be very good, Nick Marshall returns and there are plenty of options at the RB position. Brandon Fulse might not be Jay Prosch but Fulse is a special player in his own right. Checking in at 6-4, 272, Fulse is like having an extra pulling guard in the backfield. He certainly showed his worth during A-Day in the running game as well as pass-protection. 2-Back and 2-TE set: I believe this just might be my favorite set, especially when the Tigers implement crossbuck action in the running game. Having Artis-Payne and Grant on the field at the same time will stress the opposing defense to their limits. It gives Auburn 3 options in the running game and the Tigers passed from this set too. Corey Grant had a great A-Day (128-yds on 5 carries), including a couple of nice runs between the tackles. His speed makes him a game-changer and he doesn't require 20-25 carries to inflict damage upon opposing teams. Every time he is on the field, the opponent must account for him or risk giving up a huge play. Every time Auburn came out in a variation of this lineup, the LB's crowded the line of scrimmage at the snap, having to respect the running game. This left the middle wide open between the safeties, allowing C.J. Uzomah 1 on 1 coverage over the middle.
  10. Cameron Artis-Payne finished the game with 97-yards on 12 carries for 8.1 yards per attempt. The level of competition he faced during A-Day should have resulted in a solid outing but there were several bright spots about his performance regardless of the competition. We know from last season, CAP possesses talent and speed is not one of his strengths. IMO, his vision, footwork and physical style are his primary attributes. Coming into A-Day, I was hoping to see CAP working towards getting north & south quickly. Tre Mason's biggest asset as a RB was his ability to hit the hole without hesitation. This almost always resulting in Mason maximizing his carries and limited the times he was tackled for a loss. Mason is perhaps one of Auburn's greatest "short-yardage" backs of all time. During the A-Day game, CAP faced 5 occasions, Auburn needed 2-yards or less to convert a first down. CAP was 4 of 5, which was an excellent sign for the future. Last season, 44.0% of CAP's rush attempts equated to a 5-yard gain or better. CAP hit the 66.7% mark this past Saturday. The one time he failed to convert, he attempted to reverse his field. During the above play, we see CAP's strengths as a RB. Nick Marshall and Tre Mason improved their mesh-exchange as the season progressed, making it difficult for the opposition to defend the read-option element of the Auburn running game. It will take plenty of reps for CAP and Marshall to refine this aspect but it was in solid form on this particular play. The delay in exchange froze the DE long enough for CAP to dart by after receiving the exchange. He takes 2 steps forward pulling the MLB and safety inside. CAP bounces from the "B" gap to the "C" gap before darting up field for a 9-yard gain. I like the way CAP squares his shoulders quickly as he bounces outside, making him more difficult to face head on. The play displays his vision and quick decision making. A 3-yard gain is better than no gain or loss on the play. Last season Tre Mason was held to no gain or a loss on 7.2% of his carries. CAP checked in at 12.1%. Of his 12 carries during A-Day, CAP gained positive yardage on all 12 attempts. Consistently making the most of each attempt, made Mason one of the best backs in the country. Cameron Artis-Payne will have the opportunity to do the same but a healthy Peyton Barber will push for playing time because he possesses the same ability to get vertical quickly.
  11. With the personnel (OL and RB's) returning for 2014, Auburn should have the capability of fielding another top-10 run-offense. During Gus Malzahn's previous eight seasons at the collegiate level, five of his run-offenses finished in the nation's top-15 and 4 finished in the top-10. Though Rhett Lashlee and Gus Malzahn will strive for continued improvement in the pass-offense this season, it will not change Malzahn's approach to being a run-first offense. History Notes: Over the past 8 seasons, Malzahn's run-offense has averaged 236.4 yards rushing per game on 5.39 yards per attempt. The national average during that same time period is 162.9 yards per game on 4.30 yards per rush. Malzahn has a record of 43-7, with at least 45 rush attempts during a game. Malzahn is 55-8, when his offense runs the ball at least 60% of the time. Malzahn is 58-11, when rushing for at least 200-yards during a game. While at Auburn, Malzahn's run-offense has averaged 253.9 yards per game on 5.56 yards per attempt. During the same time period, the SEC averaged 175.9 yards per game on 4.57 yards per attempt. At Auburn, Malzahn is 26-4 with at least 45 rush attempts. Auburn is 30-7, when rushing the ball 60% of the time. Auburn is 33-6 with at least 200-yards rushing during a game. Record setting running game... Rating every run-offense in the SEC from 1960-2013, the 2010 Auburn run-offense finished at No. 8 over the past 54 years. The 2013 Auburn run-offense is the #2 run-offense during the past 5 decades. This rating was based on yards per game, yards per attempt and touchdown ratio. Malzahn's run-offense at Arkansas (2006) finished at No. 43 and his 2009 Auburn run-offense was No. 93 among the 598 teams compared. Rating the SEC run-offenses from 1992-2013, Malzahn's run-offenses finished at No. 1 in 2013, No. 2 in 2010, No. 10 in 2006, No. 30 in 2009 and No. 77 in 2011 among the 268 teams compared. The numbers compiled during the 2010 and 2013 seasons is a testament to having a dual-threat quarterback. It truly takes the run-offense to a different level. Efficiency of Malzahn's run-offense: 4782 carries over the past 8 seasons. 1323 first downs compiled. 853 run plays of at least 10-yards. 217 run plays of at least 20-yards. Over the past 8 seasons, 28% of Malzahn's running plays resulted in a first down. The national average during the same time period was 23%. Of the 4782 carries, 18% resulted in a 10-yard gain or better. The national average is 13%. His run-offense generated a 20-yard gain or better 5% of the time, while the national average was 3.5%. During the 2013 Auburn's run-offense produced a first down, 31.4% of the time, a run-play of at least 10-yards 20.2% of the time and a run-play of at least 20-yards, 5.8% of the time. Even with the departure of Tre Mason, Auburn has personnel returning who combined for an average of 194.1 yards per game during 2013. The addition of Peyton Barber and Racean Thomas, should help offset the loss of Mason. Auburn might not possess the No. 1 run-offense by the end of the 2014 season but a top-5 finish would not be a stretch and a top-10 finish is likely a given barring any major injuries.
  12. Based on an efficiency rating, I ranked Auburn's top running backs since the 1970's. The rating formula consists of yards per game, yards per carry, TD ratio and strength of schedule. I selected 17 running backs for the comparison... Joe Cribbs, James Brooks, Lionel James, Bo Jackson, Brent Fullwood, James Joseph, Stacey Danley, James Bostic, Stephen Davis, Rudi Johnson, Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown, Kenny Irons, Ben Tate, Onterio McCalebb, Michael Dyer and Tre Mason. All the running backs listed above were compared through 8 different categories and I've list the top-5 from each category. Category #1 (Career Totals) Bo Jackson ............ 142.5 rating Tre Mason ............. 134.7 Michael Dyer ......... 129.9 Rudi Johnson ......... 129.3 Brent Fullwood ...... 127.7 Bo Jackson had the best TD ratio. Brent Fullwood had the best yards per carry. Rudi Johnson possessed the best yards per game as well as the highest number of carries per game. Tre Mason faced the most difficult strength of schedule. Category #2 (100-yd games) Tre Mason ............. 163.1 rating Lionel James .......... 155.1 Bo Jackson ............ 153.0 Brent Fullwood ...... 150.8 Michael Dyer ......... 149.9 Brent Fullwood had the best yards per rush during his 100-yard games. Tre Mason had the best yardage per game. Onterio McCalebb had the best TD ratio. Rudi Johnson had the most carries per game and Tre Mason faced the most difficult strength of schedule. Category #3 (Top-11 games of career) Bo Jackson ............. 172.5 rating Tre Mason .............. 163.3 Brent Fullwood ....... 153.1 Stephen Davis ........ 146.5 Michael Dyer .......... 146.4 Brent Fullwood had the highest yards per rush during his top-11 games as well as the best TD ratio. Bo Jackson had the best yards per game. Rudi Johnson had the highest average of attempts per game. Tre Mason faced the most difficult strength of schedule during his top-11 career games. Category #4 (Top-20 games of career) Bo Jackson ............. 157.7 rating Tre Mason .............. 152.2 Brent Fullwood ....... 141.6 Joe Cribbs .............. 138.8 James Brooks ......... 136.4 Brent Fullwood possessed the top average per rush during his top-20 career games. Bo Jackson held the best yardage per game average. Ronnie Brown had the best TD ratio. Rudi Johnson had the most carries per game (13 games). Tre Mason once again faced the most difficult strength of schedule during his top-20 career games. Category #5 (Games with at least 20 carries) Bo Jackson ................ 163.1 rating Ronnie Brown ............ 157.1 Tre Mason ................. 156.5 Brent Fullwood .......... 151.5 Stephen Davis ........... 144.8 Lionel James had the best yards per rush average. Bo Jackson had the best yards per game average. Tre Mason had the best TD ratio and the most difficult strength of schedule. Rudi Johnson had the highest average of carries per game. Category #6 (Conference games only) Bo Jackson ................. 141.1 rating Tre Mason .................. 136.9 James Brooks ............. 130.8 Brent Fullwood ........... 129.9 Michael Dyer .............. 128.4 Brent Fullwood had the best average per rush against SEC competition. Rudi Johnson had the best yardage per game and most carries per game. Carnell Williams had the best TD ratio and Onterio McCalebb faced the most difficult strength of schedule. Category #7 (Games vs. FBS opponents with a winning record) Bo Jackson .................. 151.6 rating Tre Mason ................... 145.9 Joe Cribbs ................... 140.7 Michael Dyer ............... 140.0 Stephen Davis ............. 139.8 Bo Jackson had the best yards per rush average, yards per game average and TD ratio against quality competition. Rudi Johnson had the highest average number of carries per game and James Bostic faced the most difficult strength of schedule. Category #8 ( Games vs. Opponents with win pct of at least .750) Tre Mason ................... 165.7 rating Bo Jackson .................. 159.7 Joe Cribbs ................... 156.1 Kenny Irons ................ 151.1 Stephen Davis ............. 148.2 Onterio McCalebb had the best yards per rush average. Kenny Irons had the best yardage per game average and highest average number of rushes per game average. Brent Fullwood had the best TD ratio. Tre Mason faced the most difficult strength of schedule. Final Notes and Thoughts... Rudi Johnson ran for 100-yards in 76.9 percent of his games. Bo Jackson was second at 56.1 percent. Rudi Johnson had at least 20 carries in 76.9 percent of his games. Kenny Irons was second at 56.5 percent. 70.7% of the opponents faced by Bo Jackson, finished with a winning record. 33.3% of the opponents faced by Ronnie Brown, finished with a win pct of at least 75 percent. I've always felt that Brent Fullwood was the second best running back at Auburn behind Bo Jackson but the above comparison makes a strong argument for Tre Mason. Of the 16 backs Mason was compared to, he finished at No. 6 in yards per rush. He was No. 10 in yards per game primarily because he was No. 12 in attempts per game. Mason possessed the second best TD ratio despite facing the most difficult strength of schedule. Stephen Davis was limited by Coach Terry Bowden during his senior year or he would have posted better numbers. Davis would have likely compiled better career numbers under Pat Dye, Tommy Tuberville and Gus Malzahn. Can you imagine the numbers Bo Jackson would have tallied playing in Gus Malzahn's offense? Both Brent Fullwood and Ronnie Brown were limited during their careers, playing behind Bo Jackson and Carnell Williams. The combination of Joe Cribbs and James Brooks is one of the best in the history of college football. There was only 19 duets of RB's to both rush for over 1000-yards in the same season under 12 games (1970-2013). Of those 19 duets, the combination of Brooks & Cribbs had the 3rd best yards per rush average (6.41). Carnell Williams would likely hold every career rushing records at Auburn had he not been injured during 2001 and 2002. Of course Bo Jackson might have held every NCAA record had he played in the I-formation all 4 years and was not injured during the 1984 season.
  13. I did this feature back in 2012... If you have an appreciation for the running game, growing up on college football during the 1970’s was a grand and memorable time. The run-offense was primarily the heart of college offenses, which meant the running back was traditionally the featured player on most offenses. Over the past four decades offenses have become more dynamic and balanced but a superior running back can still take over a game at the collegiate level. There have been so many great running backs over the last 40 years it would be unfeasible to single out one as the greatest. Rather than taking on the impervious task of crowning the best running back, I elected to rate some of the greatest running backs over the past 4 decades based on efficiency and production. Which running backs were considered? The search began with a list of 127 running backs that rushed for at least 3000-yards during their career from 1970-2011. Every Heisman winner except for John Cappelletti of Penn State and Reggie Bush of Southern Cal were selected. Cappelletti played running back for only 2 seasons and Reggie Bush had only one dynamic season. Because both backs had a limited career, they were excluded from this comparison. The remaining running backs selected rushed for over 4000-yards during their career or possessed a career average of at least 6.0 yards per carry. This narrowed the field of contestants down to 33 running backs to be reviewed. Mark Ingram (Ala) ………….… 3261yds-572-42 tds / 86.6 YPG / 5.70 YPC Darren McFadden (Ark) ………. 4484yds-763-40 tds / 118.0 YPG / 5.88 YPC Bo Jackson (Aub) ………….….. 4714yds-735-48tds / 115.0 YPG / 6.41 YPC Rashaan Salaam (Col) ……….... 3433-yds-563-39tds / 122.6 YPG / 6.10 YPC Emmitt Smith (Fla) …………… 4229yds-742-38tds / 124.4 YPG / 5.70 YPC Herschel Walker (UGA) ……… 5596yds-1083-57tds / 155.4 YPG / 5.17 YPC Troy Davis (ISU) ……………… 4382yds-782-36tds / 141.4 YPG / 5.60 YPC Darren Sproles (KSU) ………… 4979yds-815-45tds / 110.6 YPG / 6.11 YPC DeAngelo Williams (Mem) …... 6026yds-969-55tds / 137.0 YPG / 6.22 YPC Tyrone Wheatley (Mich) ……… 4178yds-688-47tds / 101.9 YPG / 6.07 YPC Michael Hart (Mich) …………... 5040yds-1015-41tds / 117.2 YPG / 4.97 YPC Garrett Wolfe (NIU) …………... 5164yds-807-52tds / 161.4 YPG / 6.40 YPC Mike Rozier (Neb) ……………. 5094yds-734-49tds / 134.1 YPG / 6.94 YPC Ahman Green (Neb) ………….. 4216yds-620-45tds / 117.1 YPG / 6.80 YPC Eddie George (OSU) ………….. 3768yds-683-44tds / 78.5 YPG / 5.52 YPC Archie Griffin (OSU) …………. 5590yds-924-27tds / 124.2 YPG / 6.05 YPC Billy Sims (OU) ………………. 4111yds-587-53tds / 103.0 YPG / 6.94 YPC Adrian Peterson (OU) ………… 4045yds-747-41tds / 130.5 YPG / 5.41 YPG Barry Sanders (OKS) …………. 3799yds-557-53tds / 126.6 YPG / 6.82 YPC LaMichael James (Org) ……….. 5082yds-771-53tds / 137.4 YPG / 6.59 YPC Tony Dorsett (Pitt) ……………. 6529yds-1163-59tds / 138.9 YPG / 5.61 YPC Ray Rice (Rut) ………………… 4926yds-910-49tds / 129.6 YPG / 5.41 YPC George Rogers (SC) …………... 5214yds-955-31tds / 113.3 YPG / 5.46 YPC Marshall Faulk (SDS) ………… 4746yds-796-58tds / 148.3 YPG / 5.96 YPC Eric Dickerson (SMU) ……….. 4656yds-840-49tds / 105.8 YPG / 5.54 YPG LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU) … 5535yds-983-58tds / 117.9 YPG / 5.64 YPC Ricky Williams (Tex) ………… 6592yds-1064-75tds / 134.5 YPG / 6.20 YPC Cedric Benson (Tex) …………. 5540yds-1112-64tds / 115.4 YPG / 4.98 YPC Earl Campbell (Tex) ………….. 4745yds-832-40tds / 110.3 YPG / 5.70 YPC Darren Lewis (Tx A&M) ……... 5168yds-941-46tds / 112.3 YPG / 5.49 YPC Charles White (USC) …………. 6245yds-1147-49tds / 130.1 YPG / 5.44 YPC Marcus Allen (USC) ………….. 4810yds-932-45tds / 123.3 YPG / 5.16 YPC Ron Dayne (Wisc) ……………. 7125yds-1220-71tds / 151.6 YPG / 5.84 YPC Rating Efficiency and Production: For this assessment each running back will be ranked on 4 different levels. This will include yards per game, yards per rush, touchdown ratio and strength of schedule. The rankings will be factored into 12 different categories to determine which player was the most efficient or productive in each category. 1) Career totals 2) Top-11 games of career 3) Top-20 games of career 4) Career games of 20 carries or more 5) Conference Games 6) Games against opponents with winning record 7) Games against opponents with winning record (.750 or better) 8) Games averaging at least 5-yards per rush 9) Games averaging at least 6-yards per rush 10) Games averaging at least 7-yards per rush 11) Games with at least 100-yards rushing (Percentage) 12) 100-yard game performances rated Once the rankings are obtained from each category, the top-5 running backs from each category will be listed. Here are the final results. Career Totals: Garrett Wolfe of Northern Illinois led all running backs with 161.4 yards per game during his career. Oklahoma’s Billy Sims had the highest yards per rush with 6.94 yards per carry. Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State had the best TD ratio with 1 every 10.5 carries and Adrian Peterson of Oklahoma faced the most difficult strength of schedule. In terms of durability, Georgia’s Herschel Walker led all running backs with 30.1 carries per game. LaMichael James (Oregon) ………….. 8.75 (137.4 YPG / 6.59 YPC / 14.5 ATD) Mike Rozier (Nebraska) …………..…... 9.00 (134.1 YPG / 6.95 YPC / 15.0 ATD) Marshall Faulk (San Diego St.) ……… 9.50 (148.3 YPG / 5.96 YPC / 13.7 ATD) Bo Jackson (Auburn) ………….……… 10.75 (115.0 YPG / 6.41 YPC / 15.3 ATD) Ricky Williams (Texas) ……...…..…… 11.50 (134.5 YPG / 6.20 YPC / 14.2 ATD) ATD = Number of rush attempts per touchdown LaMichael James of Oregon wins this category with an average ranking of 8.75. James was No. 15 in strength of schedule, No. 7 in yards per game, No. 5 in yards per carry and No. 8 in touchdown ratio. Top-11 Games of career: Garrett Wolfe led all backs with 258.4 yards per game and LaMichael James had the highest average per rush with 8.66 yards. Barry Sanders had the highest TD ratio and Bo Jackson Of Auburn faced the most difficult strength of schedule. Marcus Allen of Southern Cal had the most carries per game with 36.8. LaMichael James (Oregon) ………...….. 6.50 (212.5 YPG / 8.66 YPC / 11.7 ATD) Barry Sanders (Oklahoma St.) …….…. 7.50 (245.1 YPG / 7.77 YPC / 8.7 ATD) Garrett Wolfe (N. Illinois) ………......…… 8.00 (258.4 YPG / 7.70 YPC / 10.9 ATD) Marshall Faulk (San Diego St.) …...…… 8.25 (234.0 YPG / 7.55 YPC / 9.7 ATD) Ricky Williams (Texas) ………….........… 10.25 (251.2 YPG / 7.59 YPC / 10.1 ATD) LaMichael James finished No. 1 in this category with rankings of No. 5 in strength of schedule, No. 12 in yards per game, No. 1 in yards per rush and No. 8 in touchdown ratio for an average of 6.50. Top-20 games of career: Ron Dayne of Wisconsin led all backs with 222.1 yards per game and Mike Rozier had the highest average per rush with 8.03 yards. Barry Sanders was No. 1 in TD ratio with 1 every 9.9 carries and Bo Jackson faced the most difficult schedule. Marcus Allen averaged 36.0 carries during his top-20 games. LaMichael James (Oregon) …………….. 6.50 (181.9 YPG / 7.79 YPC / 12.3 ATD) Ricky Williams (Texas) …………...……… 8.25 (213.3 YPG / 7.17 YPC / 10.8 ATD) Mike Rozier (Nebraska) …………..……… 8.75 (180.6 YPG / 8.03 YPC / 11.0 ATD) Garrett Wolfe (N. Illinois) ………...……… 8.75 (219.8 YPG / 7.41 YPG / 12.9 ATD) Marshall Faulk (San Diego St.) …..…… 10.75 (193.0 YPG / 6.70 YPC / 12.8 ATD) Once again LaMichael James finished at No. 1 in this category with the No. 8 strength of schedule, No. 11 in yards per game, No. 2 in yards per rush and No. 5 in touchdown ratio for an average ranking of 6.50. Career games of 20 carries or more: Barry Sanders led all backs in yards per game (222.3), yards per rush (7.21) and TD ratio (9.5). Mark Ingram of Alabama faced the most difficult strength of schedule and Marcus Allen averaged 35.1 carries per game during his top-20 games. This category should be a focal point of comparison as the playing field becomes more competitive with the number of carries per game. Running backs like Bo Jackson and Billy Sims primarily played in a wishbone offense, limiting their career touches compared to the other backs. When they were faced with the opportunity to carry the football more than 20 times, both backs produced big numbers. Eric Dickerson of SMU also had to share the backfield with Craig James. Bo Jackson (Auburn) ………………......…… 6.75 (182.8 YPG / 6.75 YPC / 17.1 ATD) Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State) ……….. 7.00 (222.3 YPG / 7.21 YPC / 9.5 ATD) Mike Rozier (Nebraska) ……………......…… 7.00 (178.1 YPG / 6.78 YPC / 14.6 ATD) Billy Sims (Oklahoma) ………………......….. 7.75 (178.3 YPG / 7.00 YPC / 15.9 ATD) Rashaan Salaam (Colorado) ………..…….. 8.00 (163.8 YPG / 6.33 YPC / 12.9 ATD) Bo Jackson triumphs in this category with a rating of No. 3 in strength of schedule, No. 3 in yards per game, No. 5 in yards per rush and No. 16 in touchdown ratio. Ron Dayne of Wisconsin had the most games of at least 20 carries with 36, followed by Pittsburgh’s Tony Dorsett with 35. Mark Ingram of Alabama had the fewest with 9 games of 20-carries or more and Bo Jackson was next with only 12 games. Bo Jackson had the second lowest percentage of “20 carries” among the other 32 running backs at 29.3 percent. Conference Games: Garrett Wolfe led all rushers with 191.2 yards per game and Nebraska’s Mike Rozier led all backs with 7.27 yards per game in conference play. Barry Sanders had the highest TD ratio of 1 every 10.6 attempts. Herschel Walker of Georgia led all backs with 32.3 carries per game against conference opponents. Mike Rozier (Nebraska) ……………..…... 8.00 (153.4 YPG / 7.27 YPC / 13.0 ATD) Marshall Faulk (San Diego St.) ………… 9.00 (153.6 YPG / 6.02 YPC / 14.1 ATD) LaMichael James (Oregon) …………….. 9.00 (149.5 YPG / 6.39 YPC / 14.1 ATD) Garrett Wolfe (N. Illinois) …….……...… 10.25 (191.2 YPG / 6.82 YPC / 14.4 ATD) Ahman Green (Nebraska) ……….……. 10.50 (119.8 YPG / 6.74 YPC / 13.2 ATD) Mike Rozier was No. 1 in this category by finishing at No. 24 in strength of schedule, No. 4 in yards per game, No. 1 in yards per rush and No. 3 in touchdown ratio for an average ranking of 8.00. It should be noted that Tony Dorsett and George Rogers of South Carolina were on Independent teams not affiliated with a conference. For this comparison, Big East opponents were factored in for Dorsett and ACC opponents for George Rogers as their conference opponents. Ricky Williams of Texas faced the most conference opponents with 33 and Adrian Peterson of Oklahoma faced the fewest with 10. Games vs. Opponents with winning records: Garrett Wolfe was No. 1 in yards per game (151.1) and Billy Sims of Oklahoma was No. 1 in yards per rush (6.91). Barry Sanders had the No. 1 TD ratio with 1 every 9.5 attempts and Tyrone Wheatley of Michigan was No. 1 in strength of schedule. Herschel Walker led all running backs in this category with 31.3 attempts per game. Barry Sanders (Oklahoma St.) ……….. 7.75 (107.1 YPG / 6.20 YPC / 9.5 ATD) Ahman Green (Nebraska) ………....…… 8.00 (112.8 YPG / 6.21 YPG / 16.4 ATD) Rashaan Salaam (Colorado) ……..……. 9.00 (127.4 YPG / 6.02 YPC / 12.9 ATD) LaMichael James (Oregon) ………...….. 9.00 (133.1 YPG / 6.15 YPC / 16.9 ATD) Darren McFadden (Arkansas) …..…….. 9.00 (140.4 YPG / 5.99 YPC / 23.4 ATD) Barry Sanders tops this category with an average ranking of 7.75, including rankings of No. 4 in strength of schedule, No. 22 in yards per game, No. 4 in yards per rush and No. 1 in touchdown ratio. Charles White of Southern Cal and Bo Jackson faced the most opponents with a winning record (29). Charles White was 1 of only 5 running backs to surpass 6000-yards rushing at the collegiate level. Games vs. Opponents with winning records of .750 or better: Marshall Faulk was No. 1 in yards per game with 160.8 and Tyrone Wheatley had the best average per rush with 6.62 yards. Barry Sanders had the best TD ratio of 1 every 10.3 attempts and LaMichael James was tied with Mike Rozier in terms of the most difficult strength of schedule. Marshall Faulk led all backs with 28.0 carries per game. Tyrone Wheatley (Michigan) ……...……… 6.75 (96.3 YPG / 6.62 YPC / 16.0 ATD) LaMichael James (Oregon) …………...…... 7.25 (109.7 YPG / 5.77 YPC / 17.1 ATD) Barry Sanders (Oklahoma St.) ….……….. 8.50 (114.1 YPG / 5.96 YPG / 10.3 ATD) Marshall Faulk (San Diego St.) ……....…… 9.00 (160.8 YPG / 5.74 YPC / 17.5 ATD) Darren McFadden (Arkansas) ………...….. 9.25 (115.8 YPG / 5.84 YPC / 18.2 ATD) Tyrone Wheatley captured the No. 1 position in this category with rankings of No. 5 in strength of schedule, No. 17 in yards per game, No. 1 in yards per rush and No. 4 in touchdown ratio for an average ranking of 6.75. Tony Dorsett faced the most opponents with a win percentage of at least .750 with 14. Of the running backs from a BCS program, Charles White of Southern Cal had the best yards per game average with 128.3 yards per game during 12 games. Career 100-yard games: Garrett Wolfe had the best yards per game average with 211.2 yards per game during his 22 career games of 100-yards or more. Mike Rozier had the highest average per rush with 7.52 yards and Barry Sanders had the best TD ratio of 9.3. Mark Ingram faced the most difficult schedule and Herschel Walker led all backs with 32.5 carries per game. LaMichael James (Oregon) …………...……. 8.00 (168.0 YPG / 7.29 YPC / 12.7 ATD) Billy Sims (Oklahoma) ……………….….....… 8.25 (166.0 YPG / 7.48 YPC / 11.4 ATD) Ricky Williams (Texas) ………………......….. 8.25 (189.0 YPG / 7.07 YPC / 11.7 ATD) Barry Sanders (Oklahoma St.) …….……… 8.50 (207.9 YPG / 7.49 YPC / 9.3 ATD) Rashaan Salaam (Colorado) …………..…… 8.75 (177.8 YPG / 6.91 YPC / 13.3 ATD) LaMichael James finished at No. 1 in this category with a No. 9 ranking in strength of schedule, No. 11 in yards per game, No. 6 in yards per rush and No. 6 in touchdown ratio. Ray Rice of Rutgers and Herschel Walker had the highest percentage of 100-yard games during their careers at 83.3 percent. Before becoming one of the premiere running backs in the NFL today, Ray Rice averaged 124 yards on 5.4 yards per carry against the 14 BCS opponents he faced at Rutgers. Tony Dorsett had the most 100-yard games with 36 compiling (32) 100-yard performances in the 35 games he had 20 carries or more. Average yards per game: Mike Rozier had the highest percentage of games of 5-yards or more per carry at 76.3 percent. Combining strength of schedule to the equation, LaMichael James was No. 1 in this category followed closely by Bo Jackson. Garrett Wolfe had the highest percentage of games of 6-yards or more per carry (62.5 percent) but LaMichael James was No. 1, when combining strength of schedule. Ahman Green of Nebraska had the highest percentage of games with 7-yards per rush at 50.0 percent but LaMichael James finished No. 1 again, when combining strength of schedule. Darren Sproles of Kansas State was No. 2 in percentage of 7-yard games incorporated with strength of schedule. Overall Ranking Average: Sorting the final rankings from each category, here is the average finish of the top-10 running backs LaMichael James (Oregon) …………..….. 2.6 Marshall Faulk (San Diego State) ….…… 6.6 Bo Jackson (Auburn) ………………...…... 7.6 Garrett Wolfe (Northern Illinois) …..……. 8.1 Billy Sims (Oklahoma) …..………….....….. 8.6 Barry Sanders (Oklahoma St.) …………. 9.1 Ahman Green (Nebraska) …………...…… 9.5 Mike Rozier (Nebraska) …………….....….. 9.7 DeAngelo Williams (Memphis) ……..….. 10.6 Darren McFadden (Arkansas) …………. 10.8 As previously stated, choosing the best running back over the past 40 years would be impossible, however one could argue Oregon’s LaMichael James is one of the most productive or efficient running backs over the past 4 decades. He finished with an average ranking of 2.6 in the 12 categories utilized for comparison, the highest average ranking among the 33 running backs. Garrett Wolfe of Northern Illinois might not carry the same name recognition as Herschel Walker but he held his own among the 33 running backs despite being penalized for strength of schedule. At 5-7, 185 pounds, Wolfe had a stellar collegiate career and was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears. During his 6 games against opponents from a BCS conference, Wolfe averaged 114.5 yards per game on 5.68 yards per rush. In terms of quality numbers, Herschel Walker might not rate very high but in terms of quantity, he was an absolute beast. Of the 33 backs compared, Walker had the second highest career average of 155.4 yards per game. He was No. 1 among the 32 backs in 100-yard games, rushing for over 100-yards in 30 of 36 games. Georgia won three consecutive conference titles and a national championship during the Walker era. Ron Dayne’s 7125 career rushing yardage won’t likely be broken any time soon and he was the true definition of a power back, carrying the football at least 20 times in 36 games. Dayne missed only 1 of 48 games during his tenure at Wisconsin. Pittsburgh’s Tony Dorsett was a workhorse at tailback despite being only 5-11, 190 pounds. Of the 32 running backs studied, Dorsett had the second most career carries with 1163 and he was the first running back in NCAA history to eclipse the 6000-yard career barrier. There is no telling what kind of career numbers Billy Sims and Bo Jackson could have produced had they run out of the I-formation during their entire collegiate careers. It should also be noted Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams of Texas were fullbacks during their freshman and sophomore seasons. Archie Griffin remains the only 2-time Heisman winner as a 4-year starter for Ohio State. During his 45 career games Griffin rushed for over 100-yards on 34 occasions as the Buckeyes produced a 40-5-1 record during the Griffin era, which included 4 consecutive Rose Bowl appearances. Though he had 924 career carries, it resulted in only 27 rushing touchdowns, which hurt his overall efficiency ranking. Troy Davis is a prime example of the Heisman trophy going to the best player on the best team. Davis is the only running back in NCAA history to eclipse 2000-yards in one regular season on two occasions. He rushed for over 100-yards in 21 of his last 22 starts yet he never garnered the attention he abundantly deserved, when it came to winning the Heisman. Marshall Faulk, Ricky Williams, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett, Marcus Allen, LaDainian Tomlinson, Eddie George and Eric Dickerson went on to have stellar careers in the NFL. All nine running backs rushed for over 10,000 yards during their professional careers. Players like Bo Jackson, Billy Sims and Earl Campbell exploded onto the NFL scene early but their careers were cut short by injuries. Though the NFL has become a passing league, players like Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice and Darren McFadden are currently considered three of the best running backs in the league. Sports Information Directors play a major role in the activities their athletic department often over worked but receiving minimal recognition. I would like to thank the following SID’s, who assisted in this feature: Keith Meador – Oklahoma David Abauf and Justin Dickens – Michigan David Plati – Colorado Daniel Apple – Florida Roxanne Cantrell and Gavin Lang – Oklahoma State Tim Tessalone – Southern Cal Keith Mann – Nebraska Steven Fink – South Carolina Ernest Burghetti – Pittsburgh Deanna Damon – TCU Jerry Emig – Ohio State
  14. During the 4 seasons under Gus Malzahn, the Auburn run-offense has become the dominant running game in the conference. Sorting the SEC rushing numbers during 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013, Auburn... 1) Leads the conference in 200-yard rushing games with 39 out of 54 games. Alabama is second behind Auburn. Auburn's 39 games of 200-yards or more accounts for nearly 1/4 of the 200-yard games totaled by the entire conference during the 4-year period. 2) Leads the conference with 42 individual performances of 100-yards rushing, followed by Alabama. 3) Has averaged 253.9 yards per game under Malzahn at 5.56 yards per carry. Alabama is second in the conference during the same time period with 204.7 yards per game on 5.33 yards per rush.
  15. With 1621-yards rushing coming into the BCSNC Game, Tre Mason is obviously a key factor for the Auburn offense. There have been bigger, stronger and faster running backs to play at Auburn but Tre Mason has produced the 2nd best rushing season by an Auburn RB. What makes Mason so special is that he obtains the most of his attributes as a RB. He can run with power, quickness and has enough speed to create separation. Perhaps his best quality as a RB is his field vision and decision making. He is rarely tackled for a loss because he hits the gap as soon as it opens. Like Kenny Irons, he is one of Auburn's best "north & south" runners. On this play against Arkansas, Auburn will run Tre Mason inside from the 8-yard line. The Razorbacks have 8 in the box but Mason's great vision and decision making leads to an Auburn score. When Mason receives the hand off from Nick Marshall, he initially targets the "A" gap on the right side of Reese Dismukes. The Razorback MLB attacks this gap and Mason makes a cut to his left to attack the "B" gap between Alex Kozan and Greg Robinson. One lateral step to his left and Mason is quickly through a smaller gap but quick enough to exploit it for an Auburn touchdown. From the end zone.... From this view you can see the play develop better and how Mason's vision and reaction resulted in a positive play for the Tigers. This is a play that Mason has perfected this season because he can also bounce the play outside the tackles if the defense is caught up in traffic. On this occasion, the perimeters are covered, which requires Mason to attack between the tackles. Tre Mason wastes very little time moving east & west. He is quick to locate his point of attack and reacts to obtain the most from every carry. A 3-4 yard run on first down is better than another RB wasting time laterally to find a better space to run, resulting in a loss. This type of play by Mason will be essential against Florida State, keeping the Tigers in 3rd & short most the night.
  16. Auburn is currently... * No.1 in the nation in yards per rush on 1st down. * No. 8 in the nation in yards per rush on 2nd down. * No. 4 in the nation in yards per rush on 3rd down. * No. 3 in the nation in rushing yardage during the 1st quarter. * No. 1 in the nation in rushing yardage during the 2nd quarter. * No. 10 in the nation in rushing yardage during the 3rd quarter. * No. 1 in the nation in rushing yardage during the 4th quarter. * No. 2 in the nation in run-plays of 10-yards or more. * No. 3 in the nation in run-plays of 20-yards or more. * No. 3 in the nation in rushing TD's. * No. 3 in the nation in producing 1st downs.
  17. No running back in the country has been as productive inside the red zone as Auburn's Tre Mason this season. He leads the country in rushing yardage inside the red zone. He is No. 1 in generating first downs inside the red zone and has scored the 2nd most rushing TD's inside the red zone. He is No. 4 in terms of overall carries inside the opponent's 20-yard line, providing a comfort zone for the Auburn offense, which is No. 14 nationally in TD percentage inside the red zone. On this play Auburn has the ball at the Tennessee 20-yard line, 1st & 10. Auburn will attempt to run Mason between the tackles but the Volunteers clog up the running lanes. Tre Mason reverts to his great lateral movement, bouncing the play outside to his left. Jay Prosch does a great job sealing the edge, allowing Mason to move into the secondary. C.J. Uzomah and Ricardo Louis open an outside running lane for Tre Mason on the perimeter as Mason scoots to the side line and into the end zone for a 13-yard run. Coach Rhett Lashlee commented on how well the receivers have opened up running lanes for the run-offense. Despite running the ball 82 percent of the time during the last 3 games, Auburn's receivers are committed to doing what is needed to sustain drives and score points.
  18. Tre Mason is currently on pace to rush for over 1300-yards and 19 TD's in a 13-game season. He has easily become Auburn's top offensive performer as well as one of the top RB's in the Southeastern Conference. He is currently No. 11 nationally in yardage gained rushing on first down, No. 14 in yardage gained rushing during the second half and No. 1 nationally in yardage gained rushing inside the red zone. His 12 rushing TD's inside the red zone places him at No. 2 in the nation. Tre Mason runs with authority, instinct and great vision, which is why he is rarely caught behind the line of scrimmage. On this play Auburn has the ball 1st & 10 at the Arkansas 29-yard line. Because Auburn is in a 2-WR set, Arkansas counters with 8 in the box. At the snap Nick Marshall hands off to Tre Mason, who initially steps towards the "A" gap, which pulls the LB's inside of the tackles. The LB's will become caught up in traffic before Mason changes direction. Mason then bounces the play outside to his right as Sammie Coates seals the edge to give Mason the corner. Tre Mason turns the corner and up the side line for a 20-yard gain and an Auburn first down. Tre Mason is currently No. 16 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC with the total number of carries resulting in a first down or touchdown.
  19. The Auburn offense is No. 1 nationally in rushing yardage gained inside the opponent's red zone and No. 6 in yards per rush, which is the primary reason they have been so successful once inside the opponent's 20-yard line. When they need to throw the ball inside the red zone, Auburn is No. 28 nationally in terms of pass-efficiency inside the opponent's 20-yard line. On this play Auburn faces a 3rd & 2 from the Arkansas 4-yard line. The Tigers will run their zone-read play with Nick Marshall and Tre Mason. Tre Mason has scored 12 of his 13 rushing touchdowns inside the red zone, averaging 5.08 yards per rush once inside the opponent's 20-yard line. At the snap, Nick Marshall reads the OLB and safety playing the perimeter run so he makes the inside give to Tre Mason. Marshall rides the hand off well enough to freeze the OLB and safety outside as Mason darts inside of them for the touchdown. Jay Prosch makes a great seal block on the DE to provide the running lane for Mason.
  20. Prior to this season, only 3 sets of RB trios have finished the season averaging over 200-yards rushing per game. Tre Mason, Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant have currently joined this elite group. 1985: Bo Jackson, Brent Fullwood and Tommie Agee .......... 261.8 YPG 1983: Bo Jackson, Lionel James and Tommie Agee ............. 234.4 YPG 1979: James Brooks, Joe Cribbs and George Peoples .......... 229.4 YPG 2013: Tre Mason, Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant .... 205.8 YPG Auburn's current trio is averaging 6.90 yards per rush, which is better than the three previous trio of RB's.
  21. Corey Grant joined some elite company against Washington State, becoming only the 6th Auburn RB since 1992 to register at least 4 run plays of 15-yards or more during the same game. James Bostic did it during 1992 & 1993, Stephen Davis during 1995, Rudi Johnson during 2000, Ronnie Brown in 2002 and Michael Dyer during 2010. On this play Auburn has the ball 1st & 10 from their own 37-yard line. In a 3-WR set, Auburn will execute their zone-read play with Nick Marshall and Corey Grant. Marshall rides Grant out until the last possible second, getting the DE to crash down. Once Corey Grant has possession of the football, Quan Bray and Jaylon Denson wall of the DB's, opening the side line for Grant. Corey Grant picks up 15-yards on the run and an Auburn first down. Grant proves that he can be a primary back on this play and not just a player utilized primarily on speed-sweeps.
  22. Gus Malzahn has run the ball 60.4% of the time as a collegiate coach. When his run-offense reaches that percentage or better, his team is 43-5. During 95 games, his offense has produced at least one 100-yard rusher in 47 games. The leading rusher at the RB position has averaged 105.1 yards per game in Malzahn's offense. During 95 collegiate games, Malzahn's offense has averaged 222.8 yards per game on 5.22 yards per attempt. The primary rusher at RB in Malzahn's offense has averaged 1310-yards per season on 5.46 yards per pop and the secondary rusher at RB averaged 672-yards on 5.79 yards per rush. Malzahn's offense has amassed at least 200-yards rushing in 56 of 95 games, compiling a 47-9 record, when doing so. Malzahn's run-offense reached at least 40 carries in 52 of 95 games, compiling a record of 45-7, when doing so. Malzahn's run-offense has averaged at least 5.0 yards per rush in 50 of 95 games, compiling a record of 43-7, when doing so. During 54 games in the SEC, Malzahn's run-offense averaged 228.0 yards per game on 5.41 yards per rush. During his previous 54 games coaching in the SEC, Malzahn's run-offense had at least 150-yards rushing, 41 times (76 percent). In conference play (SEC), Malzahn's running game has averaged 220.1 yards per game on 5.03 yards per rush. This includes a 20-5 conference record, when rushing for at least 150-yards. Tre Mason, Cameron Artis-Payne, Corey Grant and Nick Marshall should be able to continue Malzahn's success in the running game and will likely improve on it. The hurry up tempo of the offense will magnify the "big play" potential of Auburn's personnel involved in the run-offense. War Eagle!
  23. Overall Numbers: 95 collegiate games in the Malzahn system. 222.8 yards per game. 5.22 yards per rush. 42.7 attempts per game (includes sacks). Malzahn's run-offense has gained at least 150-yards in 70 of 95 games, compiling a 58-12 record, when doing so. Malzahn's offense has produced a run percentage of 60.4 percent in 95 collegiate games. During his 4 previous seasons in the SEC, his offense generated a run percentage of 64.5 percent. The average national ranking in run-offense has been No. 17 with five (5) top-25 finishes over the past 7 seasons. Malzahn has finished no lower than No. 41 (Tulsa 2007) and his highest ranking coming in 2006 (Arkansas) at No. 4. The 2010 Auburn run-offense finished at No. 5. Malzahn's average national ranking at the SEC level has been No. 13. Distribution of carries: Running backs at 69.4 percent. Quarterbacks at 20.3 percent. Receivers at 6.1 percent. Remaining positions at 4.2 percent. The RB's in his 2006 Arkansas offense accounted for 92.8 percent of the team's rush attempts, the highest of all his offenses. With Cameron Newton at quarterback during 2010, Auburn's RB's accounted for only 55.0 percent of the team's carries, the lowest in Malzahn's history. As far as the QB's are concerned, 2010 was the highest percentage of the team's rush attempts at 41.1 percent and 2006 was the lowest at 4.6 percent. Gus Malzahn has always found a way of having other positions involved in his running game other than RB's and QB's. Over the past 7 seasons, other positions have accounted for 10.3 percent of the team's carries. The highest percentage came during the 2008 season (Tulsa), when the other positions accounted for 22.9 percent of the team's rush-attempts. The Running backs: Gus Malzahn has fielded at least one (1) 1000-yard rusher every season. The primary RB averaged 1310-yards per season on 5.46 yards per attempt and the secondary RB averaged 672-yards on 5.79 yards per rush. On the average, Malzahn's primary rusher at RB has been responsible for 67.4 percent of the carries combined from the two top RB's. 85.5 percent of the RB carries have come from two RB's in the Malzahn offense. The highest percent was 2011, when 2 Auburn RB's accounted for 92.7 percent of the rush-attempts by all the RB's. The lowest percentage came during the 2010 season, when the top-2 RB's accounted for 75.7 percent of the RB carries. History and Projections: So how does Malzahn's previous history in run-offense influence the projections for the 2013 Auburn offense? Based on the following reasons, there is a strong indication, his 2013 offense will likely be run-heavy. · Entering the 2013 season, it appears the offensive line and RB positions will be the strength of the offense. Because Malzahn's offense will be centered around "team strength", I have no doubt Auburn will run the football at least 60 percent of the time. · He built his first offense at Tulsa around his passing game, running the football 49.9 percent of the time. The following season with a new starting QB, he ran the ball 61.4 percent of the time. · With a strong emphasis placed on "getting their edge back" , the best way of doing so, is running the football. · Breaking in a new starting quarterback is another reason to focus on the run-offense to take pressure off the quarterback. So where will the numbers fall in 2013 regarding run-distribution? In terms of the carries generated by the RB's, I see 85-90 percent going to Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne. Of those two, the primary RB remains to be seen. Unless there are injuries involving those 2, I don't see another back having more than 50 carries. During the past 7 seasons, it has only happened 2 times (2007 and 2010) in the Malzahn offense and the #3 RB had 61 and 57 carries for the season. This likely means a red shirt for Jonathan Ford or Peyton Barber. This also means that Mason and Artis-Payne will likely be splitting anywhere from 25-30 carries per game on an average. If both are to eclipse 1000-yards for the season, they will both need close to 6.0 yards per carry with the carries evenly distributed. I don't see the quarterbacks carrying the football 41 percent of the time as it happened during 2010 but it will be close to 25 percent. If Nick Marshall is the starter, I could see it as high has 30 percent. This would also cut back on the need of having a "wildcat" quarterback for the most part, just as it did during 2010 with Cameron Newton as the starter.
  24. Here is a brief breakdown of Gus Malzahn's running game at the collegiate level. The following is a comparison of Malzahn's running game from 2006-2012 to Auburn's running game from 2002-2008 as well as Malzahn's running game in the SEC (Arkansas and Auburn). Yards per game: Malzahn offense in the SEC .......... 228.0 YPG Malzahn offense 2006-2012 .......... 224.4 YPG Auburn 2002-2008 ........................ 172.7 YPG Yards per attempt: Malzahn offense in the SEC ............. 5.41 YPC Malzahn offense 2006-2012 ............ 5.25 YPC Auburn 2002-2008 .......................... 4.25 YPC Percentage of 200-yard games: Malzahn offense in the SEC ............ 34 of 54 games (62.9%) Malzahn offense 2006-2012 ............ 56 of 94 games (59.6%) Auburn 2002-2008 .......................... 34 of 89 games (38.2%) Percentage of games held under 100-yards rushing: Malzahn offense in the SEC ................ 4 of 54 games (7.4%) Malzahn offense 2006-2012 ............... 7 of 94 games (7.4%) Auburn 2002-2008 ........................... 19 of 89 games (21.3%) Ratio of Impact Plays (runs of at least 15-yards): Malzahn offense in the SEC .................. 1 every 10.9 attempts (209 of 2277) Malzahn offense 2006-2012 ................. 1 every 11.8 attempts (339 of 4015) Auburn 2002-2008 ............................... 1 every 16.4 attempts (220 of 3619) Percentage of 100-yard individual rushing performances: Malzahn offense in the SEC .................. 39 of 54 games (72.2%) Malzahn offense 2006-2012 ................. 58 of 94 games (61.7%) Auburn 2002-2008 ............................... 43 of 89 games (48.3%) The above statistical information is a strong indicator of how dedicated Gus Malzahn is to the running game. Of the above categories, Malzahn's run-offense during his 4 seasons of SEC football were the highest of the 3 groupings. With the return of Tre Mason, the addition of some quality running backs and the potential of having an athletic quarterback, Auburn's running game in 2013 should be very solid. The key to the overall success of the offense will be the consistency of the pass-offense. Obviously this is all based on the performance of the offensive line but his running game has been extremely consistent at the collegiate level.
  25. Coming into the NMSU game, Auburn had converted 77 percent of their plays with 2-yards needed to convert. Against the Aggies, Auburn was 7 of 8 (87.5 percent) on their short yardage run plays. After a slow start on offense, Auburn's offensive line dominated the remainder of the game gaining 311-yards rushing on 45 carries. The Tigers finished the game averaging 15.6 yards per rush on their 8 short-yardage situations, led by running back Tre Mason. The play... On this play Auburn faces a 2nd & 4 from the Aggie 6 yard line, coming out in an I-formation set. At the snap, Tre Mason takes the hand off, heading towards the "B" gap on Auburn's stretch play. Mason cuts the play back inside, behind Patrick Miller who drives the ILB into the end zone. Tre Mason follows behind Miller knifing into the end zone for the firt score of the game. Backfield look... From behind the backfield, you can see the key blocks made during the play. Chad Slade chops the DE, Patrick Miller drives the ILB into the end zone and Reese Dismukes walls off the NT. Tre Mason cuts the play back inside, scoring Auburn's first of five offensive touchdowns. If Auburn is to have any chance this coming weekend, the Auburn offensive line will have to play their best game of the season.
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