Georgia's mid-season grades: Rushing Offense

ATHENS – Dean Legge grades Georgia's run offense through mid-season.

Raw Numbers:

191 Attempts; 812 Yards; 4.3 ypc; 10 Touchdowns

Leading Rusher: Kregg Lumpkin 61 Attempts; 347 Yards; 5.7 ypc; 2 Touchdowns

All three of Georgia's running backs have had at least one decent performance, but none have had a break-open game the Dawgs need for which they depend on from this point forward. Thomas Brown started the season as the number one back, but after several poor games, he gave way to Kregg Lumpkin at the Ole Miss game. Lumpkin responded with one of the top performances in some time for a Georgia back – a 100-yard game.

Danny Ware has been a solid contributor, and really seemed like the best back early in the season, but a fumble against Colorado coupled with him not getting a carry against Tennessee leaves his situation up in the air.

Georgia has been able to run the ball at will sometimes during the season, but they've not yet gashed anyone. Georgia pounded Tennessee during the first half, Ole Miss in the second half and South Carolina the entire game. Still, Georgia must get a steady running game in order to save the offense from a sketchy passing offense. The starting job seems up in the air once more after today's press conference.

Georgia currently ranks 8th in the SEC in rushing offense, and has fewer total rushes than all but two SEC programs, one of which, Arkansas, has played only five games. Still, the Bulldogs' yards-per-carry average is fourth best in the conference.

Mid-season Grade:

C+

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