Running Back Success Rates | Week 6

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Sorry we missed last week, but 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).

Now let's see how everyone performed in week six.

Week 6 Stats

Team Player Week Total # Attempts Successful Attempts Success Rate Yards Gained Yards Per Carry
Alabama T.J. Yeldon 6 6 5 83.3% 51 8.5
Alabama Jalston Fowler 6 3 3 100.0% 23 7.7
Alabama Kenyan Drake 6 5 5 100.0% 40 8.0
Alabama Dee Hart 6 4 1 25.0% 0 0.0
Alabama Altee Tenpenny 6 4 1 25.0% 10 2.5
Alabama Derrick Henry 6 5 5 100.0% 50 10.0
Arkansas Jonathan Williams 6 8 4 50.0% 32 4.0
Arkansas Alex Collins 6 13 4 30.8% 54 4.2
Auburn Corey Grant 6 2 1 50.0% 9 4.5
Auburn Cameron Artis-Payne 6 5 4 80.0% 49 9.8
Auburn Tre Mason 6 21 15 71.4% 77 3.7
LSU Alfred Blue 6 6 4 66.7% 46 7.7
LSU Terrence Magee 6 6 1 16.7% 18 3.0
LSU Jeremy Hill 6 16 11 68.8% 157 9.8
Ole Miss Jeff Scott 6 6 3 50.0% 66 11.0
Miss St LaDarius Perkins 6 10 5 50.0% 81 8.1
Florida Mack Brown 6 11 4 36.4% 39 3.5
Georgia Keith Marshall 6 5 4 80.0% 33 6.6
Kentucky Raymond Sanders 6 7 4 57.1% 14 2.0
Missouri Henry Josey 6 8 5 62.5% 22 2.8
South Carolina Mike Davis 6 21 17 81.0% 106 5.0
Tennessee Rajion Neal 6 28 16 57.1% 148 5.3

Right or wrong, we're about to start seeing some guys start dropping out of the list.  Vandy got cut this week, and Georgia's Keith Marshall will be cut next week (since he's out for the rest of the year with a knee injury).  I don't expect to add in their replacements in the weekly analysis, so the charts will just be a bit smaller.

Moving on, LSU's Jeremy Hill seemingly did whatever he wanted this week, putting up the best stats of the week when you consider the number of carries and quality of the opponent.  On the other side, though, LSU fans might should be getting nervous about their defense.  Against their past three opponents (Auburn, Georgia, Miss St), the Tigers have not held a single one of the primary backs below a 50% success rate.  In fact, the main backs on those teams (3 for AU, 2 for UGA, 1 for Miss St) managed a combined 65.8% success rate and a healthy 5.9 yards per carry average.  Given the struggles that the LSU secondary has shown at times this season, this relative inability to stop the run has to be a worrisome development.

Cumulative Stats

Player Team Week Total # Attempts Successful Attempts Success Rate Yards Gained Yards Per Carry
Alabama T.J. Yeldon 5 72 44 61.1% 460 6.4
Alabama Jalston Fowler 5 16 8 50.0% 80 5.0
Alabama Kenyan Drake 4 27 16 59.3% 192 7.1
Alabama Dee Hart 2 9 2 22.2% 15 1.7
Alabama Altee Tenpenny 4 13 4 30.8% 45 3.5
Alabama Derrick Henry 4 10 7 70.0% 69 6.9
Arkansas Jonathan Williams 6 72 42 58.3% 349 4.8
Arkansas Alex Collins 6 115 60 52.2% 662 5.8
Auburn Corey Grant 5 28 18 64.3% 255 9.1
Auburn Cameron Artis-Payne 5 47 30 63.8% 256 5.4
Auburn Tre Mason 5 87 57 65.5% 410 4.7
LSU Alfred Blue 6 42 24 57.1% 227 5.4
LSU Terrence Magee 6 38 16 42.1% 233 6.1
LSU Jeremy Hill 6 79 46 58.2% 623 7.9
Ole Miss Jeff Scott 5 50 28 56.0% 412 8.2
Miss St LaDarius Perkins 5 39 14 35.9% 190 4.9
Texas A&M Ben Malena 5 58 41 70.7% 332 5.7
Texas A&M Tra Carson 5 41 31 75.6% 229 5.6
Florida Mack Brown 6 76 39 51.3% 274 3.6
Georgia Todd Gurley 5 71 37 52.1% 465 6.5
Georgia Keith Marshall 6 56 27 48.2% 246 4.4
Kentucky Raymond Sanders 5 38 20 52.6% 183 4.8
Missouri Henry Josey 6 49 29 59.2% 248 5.1
South Carolina Mike Davis 5 92 58 63.0% 616 6.7
Tennessee Rajion Neal 6 108 65 60.2% 606 5.6
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