Saturday, December 10, 2011

2011 Football Review....Rushing

There was no horror greater for our Falcons than the 2010 running game.  Our 2.0 yards per carry (conference games only, not sack adjusted) was 1.2 yards behind the next ranked team.  We rushed for 59 yards per game, almost 40 yards per game less than the next ranked team.  That was dead last in the FBS.

We averaged 3.6 yards per carry, obviously significantly above the year before.  However, that was still 10th in the MAC.  We averaged 105 yards per game, which was 11th in the MAC and 93rd in the country.

The running game was better.  It was not, however, anywhere near where it can get or needs to get.  You have the MAC freshman of the year at running back, and with Martin and Hopgood, you have depth in case people aren't healthy.  Obviously, as coach said, the key is the continued improvement of the offensive line, which he ranked as "average to below average."  

Clawson's offense requires the ability to run the ball.  And, the conclusion is that while BG stepped up from awful to poor running the ball, there is still a long way to go before we are even an average MAC running team.

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