Running Back Success Rates | Week 8

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

After another one week hiatus, we're back this week with some more RBSR analysis.

A quick reminder about what constitutes a "successful" run - a run is considered successful under the following conditions:

  • On first down, the runner must gain 40%+ of the yardage necessary to reach a first down.
  • On second downs, the runner must gain 60%+ of the remaining yardage necessary for a first down.
  • On third and fourth downs, the runner must gain 100%+ of the remaining yardage necessary for a first down.

To put some simple numbers to it, if a runner ran the ball three consecutive times in a standard 1st and 10 situation, he would have to gain 4 yards on first down (40% of 10 yards), 4 yards on second down (60% of 6 yards), and 2 yards on third or fourth down (100% of the remaining 2 yards).

Week 8 Stats

Team Player Week Total # Attempts Successful Attempts Success Rate Yards Gained Yards Per Carry
Alabama T.J. Yeldon 8 12 9 75.0% 88 7.3
Alabama Jalston Fowler 8 3 1 33.3% 8 2.7
Alabama Kenyan Drake 8 8 7 87.5% 104 13.0
Alabama Dee Hart 8 4 2 50.0% 24 6.0
Alabama Derrick Henry 8 6 5 83.3% 111 18.5
Arkansas Jonathan Williams 8 13 5 38.5% 48 3.7
Arkansas Alex Collins 8 18 8 44.4% 77 4.3
Auburn Corey Grant 8 5 3 60.0% 45 9.0
Auburn Cameron Artis-Payne 8 5 3 60.0% 28 5.6
Auburn Tre Mason 8 27 19 70.4% 178 6.6
LSU Alfred Blue 8 1 0 0.0% 3 3.0
LSU Terrence Magee 8 3 2 66.7% 17 5.7
LSU Jeremy Hill 8 16 12 75.0% 64 4.0
Texas A&M Ben Malena 8 7 3 42.9% 23 3.3
Texas A&M Tra Carson 8 5 2 40.0% 17 3.4
Florida Mack Brown 8 8 3 37.5% 19 2.4
Missouri Henry Josey 8 18 13 72.2% 136 7.6
South Carolina Mike Davis 8 21 11 52.4% 137 6.5
Tennessee Rajion Neal 8 24 11 45.8% 77 3.2

Okay, so it's possible that some unnamed people may have been a teensy bit wrong about Kenyan Drake... And in case you were still on the fence about him, Arkansas back Alex Collins is a heck of a back, though judging from his sideline mannerisms, he has a good deal of maturing to do.

Consider me much more optimistic about the LSU game now. After only holding Alabama to 6.4 yards per carry, Ole Miss managed to hold LSU's best backs to a combined 4.2 yards per carry, despite losing some of the playmakers off of their defensive line. LSU is the most mortal they've been in years.

On the flip side, Auburn's run defense is looking pretty good, and Mizzou's running game is scary at times.

Cumulative Stats

Player Team Week Total # Attempts Successful Attempts Success Rate Yards Gained Yards Per Carry
Alabama T.J. Yeldon 6 100 64 64.0% 672 6.7
Alabama Jalston Fowler 6 19 9 47.4% 88 4.6
Alabama Kenyan Drake 5 49 34 69.4% 402 8.2
Alabama Dee Hart 3 15 6 40.0% 48 3.2
Alabama Derrick Henry 5 19 14 73.7% 196 10.3
Arkansas Jonathan Williams 7 91 50 54.9% 458 5.0
Arkansas Alex Collins 7 143 73 51.0% 807 5.6
Auburn Corey Grant 6 38 25 65.8% 383 10.1
Auburn Cameron Artis-Payne 6 59 39 66.1% 417 7.1
Auburn Tre Mason 6 120 80 66.7% 688 5.7
LSU Alfred Blue 7 44 24 54.5% 228 5.2
LSU Terrence Magee 7 43 18 41.9% 248 5.8
LSU Jeremy Hill 7 114 69 60.5% 808 7.1
Miss St LaDarius Perkins 5 55 24 43.6% 273 5.0
Texas A&M Ben Malena 6 81 53 65.4% 416 5.1
Texas A&M Tra Carson 6 48 34 70.8% 254 5.3
Florida Mack Brown 7 99 52 52.5% 349 3.5
Kentucky Raymond Sanders 5 52 29 55.8% 255 4.9
Missouri Henry Josey 7 78 48 61.5% 435 5.6
South Carolina Mike Davis 6 132 82 62.1% 881 6.7
Tennessee Rajion Neal 7 132 76 57.6% 683 5.2

Welcome to the week of attrition. This edition, we lost both Georgia backs and Bama back Altee Tenpenny. All were are injured, and there's no point carrying their numbers forward. Alex Collins still has more carries than anyone else in the conference. Jeremy Hill is really good, as he has the best YPC for anybody with more than 60 carries.

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