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Numbers Suggest Dyer, Lattimore Won’t Rush For 1,000

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.


Running Back
School
Fr-So Years
Fr. Rushing Total
So. Rushing Total
Herschel Walker
Georgia
1980-81
1,616
1,891
Reggie Cobb
Tennessee
1987-88
1,197
547
Emmitt Smith
Florida
1987-88
1,341
988
Chuck Webb
Tennessee
1989-90
1,236
156
Jamal Lewis
Tennessee
1997-98
1,364
497
Justin Vincent
LSU
2003-04
1,001
322
Darren McFadden
Arkansas
2005-06
1,113
1,647
Mike Dyer
Auburn
2010-11
1,093
???
Marcus Lattimore
S. Carolina
2010-11
1,197
???



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.

 


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  2. [...] Auburn hasn’t had a great year on the field this fall, but star tailback Mike Dyer has.  And his performance leaves him in line to break some pretty nice records in the weeks and years ahead:* Dyer is just the fifth Auburn running back to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.* With 135 yards tomorrow against Samford, he will move onto the school’s Top 10 list of all-time rushers.* Dyer has already recorded five 100-yard rushing games in 2011.* At his current pace, he could challenge Auburn legend Bo Jackson’s career rushing mark of 4,303 yards.* By rushing for 1,000 yards this season, Dyer became just the third SEC running back behind Herschel Walker and Darren McFadden to rush for 1,000 as both a freshman and a sophomore. [...]



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