Does UGA Have A New Lead Running Back?

Does UGA Have A New Lead Running Back?

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Does UGA Have A New Lead Running Back?


Entering the 2018/19 season, the Dawgs have had some questions to answer at the running back position. This makes sense given that the most prolific RB combo in college football history, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, have moved on from the college stage and now play on Sundays.

Last year, the Georgia’s backfield beyond Chubb and Michel was dominated by D’Andre Swift who, as a freshman, carried the ball 81 times to the tune of a ridiculous 7.9 yards per carry. Beyond Swift, Brian Herrien was the 4th option, and the final ball carrier in the backfield was Elijah Holyfield.

Holyfield showed flashes of potential that season, but this season he is running like a man possessed. Through 3 games he has taken 22 carries for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. Despite his short stature, Holyfield boasts devastating running strength along with breakaway speed.

Swift has certainly still been effective early on this season, although his 5.0 yards per carry thus far has been a tad underwhelming for a preseason Heisman candidate. If things keep going the way they are, it is plausible that Holyfield could prove himself worthy of commanding the starting position.

This Georgia football team is consistently deep all across the field, and running back is a position where there can be ample rotation. Regardless of who the starting running back is, Georgia’s storied running back depth will ensure that at least 4 running backs will be playing consistently for the Dawgs, and this will prevent any single back from becoming a true workhorse.

Still, which back starts the game has a psychological effect on a player’s mindset, and it will be interesting to monitor the performances of these talented ball carriers going forward.

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