SEC Running Backs: Career numbers

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There is a noticeable absence in the total career numbers for the SEC quarterbacks, but not for the running backs.

Related: SEC quarterbacks career stats

In fact, the running backs position is absolutely loaded in 2014, with Todd Gurley, TJ Yeldon and Mike Davis headlining the position. Those three SEC backs may be the country’s top overall backs, too. All three will play on Sundays, and all three have first-round potential for next year’s NFL Draft.

Here are the top 10 returning running backs according to the numbers:

Related: Ranking the SEC’s 10 best running backs 2014

Rushing Yards
Todd Gurley, Georgia (JR): 2,374
TJ Yeldon, Alabama (JR): 2,343
Mike Davis, South Carolina (JR): 1,458
Jonathan Williams, Arkansas (JR): 1,131
Kenny Hilliard, LSU (SR): 1,110
Marcus Murphy, Mizzou (SR): 1,033
Alex Collins, Arkansas (SO): 1,026
Keith Marshall, Georgia (JR): 1,005
Jerron Seymour, Vanderbilt (JR): 984
Kenyan Drake, Alabama (JR): 975

Total Carries
Todd Gurley: 387
TJ Yeldon: 382
Mike Davis: 255
Jerron Seymour: 247
Kenny Hilliard: 212
Jonathan Williams: 195
Alex Collins: 190
Keith Marshall: 173
Marcus Murphy: 160
Kenyan Drake: 134

Yards Per Carry
Kenyan Drake: 7.3
Marcus Murphy: 6.5
Todd Gurley: 6.1
TJ Yeldon: 6.1
Keith Marshall: 5.8
Jonathan Williams: 5.8
Mike Davis: 5.7
Alex Collins: 5.4
Kenny Hilliard: 5.2
Jerron Seymour: 4.0

Total Touchdowns/Scoring (includes receiving TDs)
Todd Gurley: 33 TDs, 198 pts
TJ Yeldon: 27 TDs, 162 pts
Kenny Hilliard: 22 TDs, 132 pts
Jerron Seymour: 19 TDs, 114 pts
Kenyan Drake: 14 TDs, 84 pts
Mike Davis: 13 TDs, 78 pts
Marcus Murphy: 13 TDs, 78 pts
Keith Marshall: 11 TDs, 66 pts
Jonathan Williams: 8 TDs, 48 pts
Alex Collins: 4 TDs, 24 pts

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  • These are rushing stats only- correct? Gurley has accumulated any receiving touchdowns also

  • Terrence Magee, i know his attempts are only 114 but his ypc ranks second at 6.7. His work load will be greatly increased this season.

  • Man hopefully Gurley can stay healthy(well all the players really) and have marshall sit out and recoup and then have the 2 new kids get some experience. I think with the defense becoming(hopefully) a solid force, it should give the offense some more breathing room.

    • I think they will take it slow with Marshall come fall. They won’t push him. Michel and Chubb will get work this fall regardless if Marshall plays or not.

      • Yup, I think Chubb will be a great relief for Gurley. With so much offensive power returning and with Pruitt working his magic on defense, I can see a really good season, even with the silly suspensions. I just the Dawgs can execute everything like theyve been needing to do since…well…forever.

        • All of this hype around Georgia’s Defense… I don’t get it. I’d say start all of that talk halfway through the season, before Clemson comes to town on week numero uno and puts up 40 points.

        • And that’s with Todd Gurley getting injured and missing 4 and a half games I believe if he stays healthy and plays at the level he did before getting injured this dawg gas he is man all over him unless it goes to an overrated QB again

        • Why you hat in atlrebel? Dawgs defense is going to be sick!

        • The reason for the Dawg’s defensive hype is clear as day….One of the best defensive coordinators in the game, has won 3 national championships(2 from bama, 1 from fsu) whole new defensive staff and the talent that Georgia recruits could easily spell a great defensive season. this is all predictions anyway, who knows whats going to happen in 7 months.

  • And that’s with Todd Gurley getting injured and missing 4 and a half games I believe if he stays healthy and plays at the level he did before getting injured this dawg gas he is man all over him unless it goes to an overrated QB again

  • Marcus Murphy at 6.5 ypc is set to really break out as more than a 3rd down/goal line back his senior year. Has been a great return man but was stuck behind Josey and earlier Kendial Lawrence. Once again, Mizzou will run a three headed monster at D’s with Murphy, Russell Hansbrough (685 yards on 114 attempts, 6.0 ypc) and the youngster Morgan Steward. Murphy’s run against UGA last year is priceless.

    • Murphy and Hansboro are very similar, like Josey. I’m excited to see what Steward can do. Big, physical back. I like the RB by committee. Keeps them fresh. But Gurly and the others are workhorses!

    • There are differences between Lawrence (liked to get to the outside and burn), Josey (less locked in to the outside but also seeking a lane where he could use speed), Murphy (likes to weave-snowboard his yards) and Hansborough (more likely to succeed if the down requires stretching the field laterally before turning north). Want to know the difference maker Steward will be? then rematch the end of TN at MO 2013? But don’t think this is the end of it. I believe Missouri will use at least one more, maybe two more backs next year. I also believe Missouri will use the Berkdozer on certain plays. The smartest move of all would be to get Zanders on the field his freshman year as the qb running down man

  • Personally, I’m constantly annoyed that Drake doesn’t get a bigger share of carries. His running style isn’t quite as solid as Yeldon, but he’s far more dynamic after he gets past the line, and he has way better hands for the screen passes that Alabama loves so very much.
    But, such is life. I’m just gonna kick up my feet and wait for the inevitable reign of King Henry.

  • You left off Marlin Lane. He has 296 carries, 1472 yards, 5 yards per carry and 8 TDs. In case you haven’t heard of him he plays for Tennessee.

  • Gurley is just the best. No debate