By Kelby Goodman, Special Contributor
Number: #27 | Hometown: Cedartown, GA | Height: 5096 | Weight: 225 | Forty: 4.49E | Class: 2018
Despite a gruesome knee injury in 2015, the stocky Georgia runner bounced back to finish second all-time for rushing yards in SEC history. He possesses a unique blend of power and speed, which projects him to be a workhorse back at the next level. His patience as a runner allows the play to develop in front of him and his burst allows him to shoot through the hole and onto the next level of the defense. He is not overly elusive but can be a violent runner with his strong legs. He rips through arm tackles and has the vision to get to the opening. He’ll fight for every yard which helped push him over a six yard per carry career average. He wasn’t asked to pass protect much but was adequate when called upon. His low center of gravity allows him to anchor in and stonewall defenders. GMs may question his shelf life between the severe knee injury and having over 750 rushing attempts in his collegiate career. As a back who can be a bit of a bruiser those carries start to take their toll. He finished the last three years of his career with just a combined 13 receptions, most of which were short flare routes. Has some similarities to his brief Georgia teammate Todd Gurley III (Rams Rd.1No.10). Gurley has a little more speed but they both have power and the ability to take one to the house every time.
2017: Played in all 15 games, making 15 starts…one of four permanent team captains…named offensive co-MVP and winner of Leon Farmer Strength & Conditioning Award at team’s post-season awards gala…a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top collegiate player…finished his prolific career with 4,769 rushing yards, trailing only Herschel Walker in both UGA and Southeastern Conference lists of all-time career leaders…that number also ranks 39th among all rushers in the history of college football
2016: Played in all 13 games, making 11 starts …named one of four overall team captains for the 2016 season…team’s leading rusher, with 1,130 yards on 224 carries (5.0 avg.) and 8 TDs.
2015: Rushed for 747 yards on 92 carries with seven TDs … Leon Farmer Award … four receptions for 32 yards and a TD … Appeared in six games making six starts … sustained a season-ending knee injury on the first play from scrimmage at Tennessee … tied school record with his 13th-consecutive 100-yard rushing game by rushing for 146 yards on 20 carries vs. No. 13 Alabama; also tied career-long TD rush of 83 yards.
2014: SEC Freshman of the Year … Coaches All-SEC First Team … AP SEC Freshman of the Year … AP First Team All-SEC … Freshman All-SEC Team … 247Sports True Freshman All-America Team … FWAA Freshman All-America … UGA Newcomer of the Year Award … Phil Steele’s First Team All-SEC … Phil Steele’s Freshman All-America … played in 13 games making eight starts … 1,547 rushing yards and 14 TDs … his 1,547 rushing yards is tied for fourth most in a single season in school history … second in the SEC with 119.0 rushing yards per game …averaged 7.1 yards per carry, which ranks first among the SEC’s top-10 rushers … 18 receptions for 213 yards and 2 TDs … named SEC Freshman of the Week five times and SEC Offensive Player of the Week once … after moving in to a starting role, had eight straight games with at least 100 yards rushing – the first to do that since Herschel Walker in 1982 … 12th Bulldog in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
(Photo: Bulldawg Illustrated)