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Running Back Success Rates vs. FIU: Grant, Ingram, Goode

Earlier this week, I posted the RB success rate data and charts against FIU for Roy Upchurch, Julio Jones and Trent Richardson. Some real life business that I had to attend to earlier in the week prevented me from doing all six carriers at once and so now I present the other three ball carriers from last weekend's game: Terry Grant, Mark Ingram and Demetrius Goode. In the future, these will be posted the Monday after the game.

For a brief reminder of what makes a carry a successful carry:

  • 1st down: Runner gains 40% of the necessary yardage
  • 2nd down: Runner gains 60% of the necessary yardage
  • 3rd & 4th down: Runner gains 100% of the necessary yardage

vs Florida Intl / 9.12.09 Rushing Receiving
Rush Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
Terry Grant 6 69 11.5 1 0 0 0 0


A very small sample size to work with, but basically, Terry got the job done when we put the ball in his hands last weekend. Though he only had six touches, he created a lot out of them gaining 69 yards and a TD. He only had two unsuccessful carries: a three yard loss on his first carry and a gain of three on a third down when four yards were needed. In the instance of the 3rd and 4, it was late in the game and we were just trying to kill the clock off and not kick a field goal/run up the score, so we went for it on 4th and 1 and Grant converted it. Needless to say, his highlight moment was breaking off a 42 yard touchdown run.

vs Florida Intl / 9.12.09 Rushing Receiving
Rush Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
Mark Ingram 10 56 5.6 1 4 47 11.8 0


We weren't really sure how much we were going to see of Ingram against FIU, but he wound up playing a pretty good bit all things considered. He had 10 carries and four receptions for 103 all-purpose yards. Not too shabby for someone that probably wasn't functioning at 100%. Ingram got the lion's share of his carries in the first half and his three second half carries all occurred when it was still 20-14. Needless to say, we're deep at the position and could rely on others to wear their defense down. His percentage would've likely been higher if not for making a carry on the statistic-skewing down of 2nd & 25.

vs Florida Intl / 9.12.09 Rushing Receiving
Rush Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
Demetrius Goode 4 24 6 0 0 0 0 0


Goode made four of the last six carries of the game. Needless to say, it was clock killing time. That being said, he kept the chains moving and accomplished what he was sent in to do.

As OTS mentioned in the comments of the first post, this isn't very telling against Sun Belt defenses, but it's still good to look at. Once we get into the meat of the schedule, this kind of analysis will really tell us a lot more about our running game performance. I'm hoping to get the Virginia Tech game stats done tonight and posted this evening or tomorrow so we can see some data about our running game against a BCS defense.