Kudos to Mark Inabinett of The Mobile Press-Register. In a countdown-to-the-season piece today, he points out that Auburn’s Mike Dyer and South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore are among just nine SEC backs to rush for 1,000 yards as freshmen.
But of the previous seven to do it, only two hit the 1,000-yard plateau as sophomores. And four of the nine never had another 1,000-yard season.
Below we’ve tracked down the rushing totals for all nine of the SEC’s 1,000-yard freshmen and we’ve paired those numbers with each player’s sophomore tally.
||Fr. Rushing Total
||So. Rushing Total
If you’re trying to decide which of last year’s 1,000-yard backs has the best shot at repeating the feat in 2011, take Lattimore. Dyer will be running behind a completely rebuilt offensive line this fall. Lattimore will have new guys up front, too, but not as many as Dyer will have.