Didn’t quite work out that way.
Now, the YPG average of 176.08 is only 6.49 YPG than UGA’s 2012 total that was good enough for 4th in the conference. But, in a year when rushing was UP across the conference, you certainly didn’t expect the Gurley-Marshall tandem to underproduce in the way that it did.
Of course, I suppose that’s what happens when your Starter goes down with an ankle injury, and Captain Change-of-Pace tears his ACL.
Some out there in the net-o-sphere believe UGA didn’t run as much this year as last (due to injury), but that’s not really the case. In 2012, UGA averaged 37.5 Att/Game, and in 2013, the # dropped minimally to 36.9 Att/Game. Or, in essence, we had less than ONE fewer attempt per game in 2013. Still, the drop off from Todd Gurley to just about anyone else is pretty substantial.
Here’s a snapshot of how the BallCarriers for UGA fared this season: