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Dawg Sports Live’s Running Backs Preview: Stats Don’t Care About Your False Narrative

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Are you ready for some Georgia Football this weekend? We are. Josh and Graham got back together to wrap up Dawg Sports Live’s Spring Position Previews by taking a look at the running-backs.

After an off-season full of hearing pundits make comments like, “Kendall Milton is what Zamir White was supposed to be,” and “McIntosh and Milton are going to take the majority of the carries from Cook and Zeus,” we were a bit loaded for bear.

Here’s the deal folks, as of this moment there is only one bell cow in Athens, and he wears #3. That’s not to take away from Kenny McIntosh or Kendall Milton, but the advanced stats say that Zamir White is at the top of the depth chart for a reason. For example, did you know that Zeus had over 100 carries more than the next most used running back on UGA’s roster last year?

Oh, and another thing, you know what every down backs have to be able to do well? Block. You know who has struggled in pass protection? Kenny McIntosh. In fact, there’s a lot of data that says the coaches don’t trust him to line up at running back on passing downs unless he’s going to run a route. But the stats say that KMac can do some SPECIAL things with the ball in his hands. Decisions, decisions...

Oh, and James Cook? He averaged 10.91 yards per a touch last year. Pretty good! Kendall Milton looks like the next every down back in Athens, but what will this year bring after he got less carries than any other back on the team in 2021 due to injuries?

And Daijun Edwards? DO NOT SLEEP ON DAIJUN EDWARDS. Guess who had more YAC per a carry than anyone else in Athens last year? Him. Edwards could vulture carries away from Milton and McIntosh just as easily as they could steal touches from Cook and White. Todd Monken has a lot of toys to play with.

We wrapped up the episode by talking about what we’re going to be watching for on G-Day, and talking about the EDSBS Charity Bowl. You, the viewers/listeners/readers, decided that I was going to donate $51.07 by picking the 2002 win over Tech as your favorite in a Twitter poll.

Give us a listen by downloading the podcast or a watch at the YouTube link above... And GO DAWGS!

Dawg Sports Live is now in podcast format on Apple and Spotify. Just search for “Dawg Sports Live,” and hit subscribe or follow to get new episodes automatically download on your devices. You can also find us on YouTube. Please click here and subscribe to the channel. Have thoughts or questions? Leave us a comment on the channel.