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Projecting Winston's Success

How much can James Wilder and Devonta Freeman take the pressure off of the freshman QB this year?

A few days ago, Bud gave us a run down of all Freshman QB starters from the last 5 years, and how they performed against D1 teams. It got me to thinking, "How significant was the role of the running backs in their success?" I took the liberty of compiling the QBs stats that Bud presented, and added the top two rushers per QB for comparison. Fair warning -- It's a lot of info! Below each runner's name, you'll find attempts, total yards, and yards per attempt.

Total Yards YPC
--J.W. Walsh Okla St
Joseph Randle
274 1417 5.2
Jeremy Smith
70 371 5.3
--Andrew Luck Stanford
Toby Gerhart
343 1871 5.5
Andrew Luck
61 354 5.8
--Sam Bradford Oklahoma
Allen Patrick
173 1009 5.8
DeMarco Murray
127 764 6
--Aaron Murray Georgia
Washaun Ealey
157 811 5.2
Caleb King
80 430 5.4
--Johnny Manziel Texas A&M
Johnny Manziel
201 1410 7
Ben Malena
138 808 5.9
--Marcus Mariota Oregon
Kenjon Barner
278 1767 6.4
Marcus Mariota
106 752 7.1
--Taylor Martinez Nebraska
Roy Helu Jr.
188 1245 6.6
Taylor Martinez
162 965 6
--Russell Wilson NC State
Andre Brown
175 767 4.4
Jamelle Eugene
95 442 4.7
--Brett Hundley UCLA
Johnathan Franklin
282 1734 6.1
Brett Hundley
160 355 2.2
--Robert Griffin Baylor
Jay Finley
149 865 5.8
Robert Griffin III
173 846 4.9
--B.J. Daniels S Florida
B.J. Daniels
175 772 4.4
Moise Plancher
129 581 4.5
--Danny O'Brien Maryland
Davin Meggett
126 720 5.7
Da'Rel Scott
122 708 5.8
--Tom Savage Rutgers
Joe Martinek
206 967 4.7
Mohamed Sanu
62 346 5.6
--Matt Barkley USC
Joe McKnight
164 1014 6.2
Allen Bradford
115 668 5.8
--Chas Dodd Rutgers
Jordan Thomas
95 417 4.4
Jeremy Deering
77 352 4.6
--Kyle Parker Clemson
C.J. Spiller
216 1212 5.6
Andre Ellington
68 491 7.2
--Tate Forcier Michigan
Brandon Minor
96 502 5.2
Carlos Brown
81 480 5.9
--Landry Jones Oklahoma
Chris Brown
182 749 4.1
DeMarco Murray
171 705 4.1
--Teddy Bridgewater Louisville
Victor Anderson
114 539 4.7
Dominique Brown
140 533 3.8
--Kevin Prince UCLA
Johnathan Franklin
126 566 4.5
Derrick Coleman
54 244 4.5
--Trevone Boykin TCU
B.J. Catalon
123 582 4.7
Matthew Tucker
118 515 4.4
--Andy Dalton TCU
Joseph Turner
115 597 5.2
Aaron Brown
106 490 4.6
--Nick Florence Baylor
Jay Finley
79 370 4.7
Jarred Salubi
50 298 6
--Robert Bolden Penn State
Evan Royster
208 1014 4.9
Silas Redd
77 437 5.7
--Sean Mannion Oregon St
Malcolm Agnew
89 423 4.8
Jovan Stevenson
57 229 4
--Travis Wilson Utah
John White
218 1041 4.8
Kelvin York
60 273 4.6
--Nathan Scheelhaase Illinois
Mikel Leshoure
281 1697 6
Nathan Scheelhaase
185 868 4.7
--Gary Nova Rutgers
Jawan Jamison
231 897 3.9
Jeremy Deering
47 169 3.6
--Cody Hawkins Colorado
Hugh Charles
199 1058 5.3
Demetrius Sumler
100 335 3.4
--T.J. Yates N Carolina
Johnny White
95 399 4.2
Anthony Elzy
92 321 3.5
--Dave Shinskie BC
Montel Harris
308 1457 4.7
Josh Haden
58 213 3.7
--Adam Weber Minnesota
Adam Weber
146 617 4.2
Amir Pinnix
106 563 5.3
--Rob Henry Purdue
Akeem Shavers
181 871 4.8
Akeem Hunt
42 335 8
--Tanner Price Wk Forest
Josh D. Harris
125 720 5.8
Josh Adams
91 316 3.5
--Jarrett Lee LSU
Charles Scott
217 1174 5.4
Keiland Williams
83 417 5
--Steven Threet Michigan
Brandon Minor
103 533 5.2
Sam McGuffie
118 486 4.1
--Pat Bostick Pittsburgh
LeSean McCoy
276 1328 4.8
LaRod Stephens-Howling
78 320 4.1
--Robert Marve Miami (Fl)
Graig Cooper
171 841 4.9
Javarris James
68 286 4.2


What do ya'll think? I mean, there are definitely some outliers, but to me, it seems that you could infer that a strong run game, plus a mobile QB is going to produce the best results. I think all this bodes well for Winston obviously, and that you could say with a higher degree of confidence, that his freshman campaign will rival that more of a Robert Griffin, than a Robert Marve... This is my first FanPost, so feel free to berate me, and I'd love to hear if you guys found this info entertaining.


Go Noles!

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