Statistical Breakdown: Yards Per Carry (YPC)

YPC is the stat you want to look at to see how explosive a player is when he gets the football. Most of the guys on this list weren’t the first option on their respective teams but if they can produce anything like they did a year ago, with more touches, they may be dangerous. Here are the top 20 returning running backs from 2013. To qualify for the list they had to have at least 80 carries.

 

Rank Player School Conference Carries Yards ’13 YPC
1 Steward Butler Marshall C-USA 87 765 8.79
2 Elijah McGuire UL-Lafayette Sun Belt 103 863 8.38
3 Karlos Williams Florida State ACC 91 730 8.02
4 Terry Baggett Army Independent 141 1113 7.89
5 Melvin Gordon Wisconsin Big Ten 206 1609 7.81
6 Kenyan Drake Alabama SEC 92 694 7.54
7 Tevin Coleman Indiana Big Ten 131 958 7.31
8 Terrence Magee LSU SEC 86 626 7.28
9 Shock Linwood Baylor Big 12 128 881 6.88
10 Michael Gordon Arkansas St. Sun Belt 112 754 6.73
11 Cameron Artis-Payne Auburn SEC 91 610 6.7
12 Marcus Murphy Missouri SEC 92 601 6.53
13 Reggie Whatley MTSU C-USA 101 657 6.5
14 Kareem Hunt Toledo MAC 137 866 6.32
15 Larry Dixon Army Independent 112 699 6.24
16 Byron Marshall Oregon PAC-12 168 1038 6.18
17 Thomas Tyner Oregon PAC-12 115 711 6.18
18 Crusoe Gongbay New Mexico MWC 97 592 6.1
19 Jordan Howard UAB C-USA 145 881 6.08
20 Josh Snead Duke ACC 107 651 6.08

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