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Sugar Bowl Preview: Comparing the Running Backs

By Justin Renck and Steven Rummage:

In this Sugar Bowl position preview, we compare the Running Backs for the Louisville Cardinals and Florida Gators.

If you missed it, here is our previous position breakdown:

Quarterbacks

While both teams have many players that have rushing stats for the season, our focus will be on Louisville’s Jeremy Wright and Florida’s Mike Gillislee.

Jeremy Wright

Jeremy Wright

#28   Junior

Hometown: Clermont, FL

5’11   205 lbs.

For most of the season, Jeremy Wright and Senorise Perry split the carries out of the backfield for the Cards. In the 10th game of the season at Syracuse, Perry tore his ACL and was lost for the rest of the season. The Cards lost that game and the next game against UConn, and struggled to ever run the ball at Rutgers. In those 3 games, with Wright as the clear feature back, he only rushed for a total of 89 yards on 48 carries, for an average of 1.9 yards per carry.

During the majority of the season, while the Cards had both backs, Wright had 3 games of over 100 yards rushing. His season high was 114 against North Carolina. His other two were against Kentucky (105) and Temple (100).

Mike Gillislee

Mike Gillislee

#23   Senior

Hometown: Deland, FL

5’11   209 lbs.

Mike Gillislee had a great year for the Gators. He was a 1,000 yard rusher (1,104) and had 10 touchdowns. In 2 of the biggest games of the year, he had great performances. Against LSU, Florida won 14-6, and Gillislee had 146 yards on 34 carries and scored both touchdowns. In the season finale at Florida State, he rushed for 140 yards on 24 carries and another 2 touchdowns in the Gators 37-26 victory.

Game by Game stats

Jeremy Wright

DATE OPP RESULT ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG TD
9/2 UK W 32-14 22 105 4.8 20 3 2 21 10.5
9/8 Mizz St. W 35-7 10 43 4.3 8 0 1 12 12.0
9/15 UNC W 39-34 20 114 5.7 21 1 4 26 6.5
9/22 @FIU W 28-21 14 43 3.1 7 1 2 25 12.5
9/29 @So Miss W 21-17 20 84 4.2 20 0 0 0 0.0
10/13 @Pitt W 45-35 13 61 4.7 12 1 4 18 4.5
10/20 USF W 27-25 11 27 2.5 11 1 3 31 10.3
10/26 Cincinnati W 34-31 (OT) 18 74 4.1 19 1 2 22 11.0
11/3 Temple W 45-17 10 100 10.0 32 1 0 0 0.0
11/10 @Syracuse L 45-26 10 29 2.9 11 0 6 38 6.3
11/24 UConn L 23-20 (3OT) 16 43 2.7 14 0 9 72 8.0
11/29 @Rutgers W 20-17 22 17 0.8 8 0 5 41 8.2  1

Mike Gillislee

DATE OPP RESULT ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG TD
9/1 BG W 27-14 24 148 6.2 38 2 0 0 0.0 0
9/8 @TX A&M W 20-17 14 83 5.9 24 2 1 3 3.0 0
9/15 @Tenn W 37-20 18 115 6.4 45 0 0 0 0.0 0
9/22 Kentucky W 38-0 13 56 4.3 11 1 1 11 11.0 0
10/6 LSU W 14-6 34 146 4.3 12 2 0 0 0.0 0
10/13 @Vandy W 31-17 17 67 3.9 15 0 2 12 6.0 0
10/20 South Car W 44-11 19 37 1.9 10 0 1 -3 -3.0 0
10/27 @Georgia L 17-9 22 77 3.5 16 0 2 40 20.0 0
11/3 Missouri W 14-7 16 68 4.3 23 0 1 45 45.0 1
11/10 LA-LAF W 27-20 14 45 3.2 11 0 4 8 2.0 0
11/17 JAX St. W 23-0 20 122 6.1 46 1 1 8 8.0 0
11/24 @FSU W 37-26 24 140 5.8 37 2 2 22 11.0 0

Team Rushing stats

Louisville Cardinals

Rushing Statistics
NAME CAR YDS AVG LONG TD
Jeremy Wright 186 740 4.0 32 9
Senorise Perry 136 705 5.2 59 (TD) 11
Corvin Lamb 11 45 4.1 16 1
Teddy Bridgewater 67 43 0.6 17 1
Will Stein 12 8 0.7 7 0
Preston Brown 1 5 5.0 5 0
Damian Copeland 1 3 3.0 3 0
Totals 426 1,525 3.6 59 22

Florida Gators

Rushing Statistics
NAME CAR YDS AVG LONG TD
Mike Gillislee 235 1104 4.7 46 10
Jeff Driskel 108 404 3.7 70 (TD) 4
Matt Jones 49 259 5.3 32 (TD) 2
Trey Burton 24 166 6.9 80 (TD) 2
Omarius Hines 18 148 8.2 36 (TD) 2
Solomon Patton 14 140 10.0 54 0
Mack Brown 25 102 4.1 11 0
Chris Johnson 5 35 7.0 17 0
Loucheiz Purifoy 1 8 8.0 8 0
Matt Elam 1 5 5.0 5 0
Andre Debose 2 1 0.5 8 0
Hunter Joyer 2 1 0.5 1 0
Totals 509 2,329 4.6 80 21

Jeremy Wright TD run vs UK

Mike Gillislee TD run vs LSU

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About Justin Renck

I am 28 years old, born and raised in Louisville. Graduated from UofL in 2008. Go Cards! Follow me on twitter @JustinRenck

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