We know they run the triple option, are the #1 rushing offense in the country (4,314 yards/392 ypg), and apparently have quite the reputation for cut blocks. Here’s what else you need to know about GSU:
- Quarterback Jerick McKinnon (5-9/208) is a little beast. The junior does everything: quarterback, receiver, kick returner, slotback and defensive back. His stats this season fill in pretty much every category, and he leads the team in rushing and passing. (note: the NCAA stats I found differ from the SoCon stats, so…)
175 carries for 1234 yards and 13 tds (by comparison, the Bears have rushed as a team for 1459 yards and 16 TDs on 405 carries)
15-for-30 for 412 yards and 5 tds, just 2 ints
6 receptions for 127 yards and 1 td
2 interceptions for 41 yards, 2 pass breakups, 2 qb hurries
143 yards per game total offense
- Dominique Swope (So./5-11/221) is option number two out of the backfield. The fullback just edges out McKinnon with 14 touchdowns.
- When McKinnon isn’t playing QB is looks like Ezayi Youyoute (So./5-11/188) is the guy that is most of the time. Youyoute had thrown it 29 times himself this season and run for 467 yards on 73 carries.
- Those three guys average 6.6/6.1/6.4 yards per carry. And none of them is even close to Jonathan Bryant’s (Jr./5-9/175) 9.2 ypc. And I’m not done, they have two more guys with 392+ yards on the season.
- As you might expect, the few receptions that receivers have a huge plays. No one receiver stands out much more than the others.