In the "Offensive" Grade post someone mentioned that 4 games is a trend. It made me wonder what Royster (beside poise, he is the hot topic) has done over his last 4 games. Well, he has averaged 5.02 ypc which isn’t awful by any stretch. However, his production (and we all know the O-line has had a lot to do with it) has dropped from 6.47 (‘08) to 5.7 (’09) to 3.6 so far this year.
What is interesting is that he has a case of the LJJRs averaging 3.8 ypc against good competition and 6.08 ypc against weaker competition. Obviously, this decrease is to be expected playing against Iowa (x2), OSU (x2), LSU, USC, and ’Bama. But it would be nice to see a little less of a drop off.
Unfortunately, combining ‘08 and ’09, Royster’s ypc drops from 6.27 during the first 4 games (which included Iowa ‘09 and OrSt ’08) to 5.29 during the last four games. So thinking things will get better with time isn’t supported by history.
To his credit his lifetime ypc is 6.03 which puts him below LJ (6.42) but above:
1. Warner 5.2
2. Hunt 5.07
3. Thomas 5.45
4. Enis 5.76
5. Dozier 5.17
All guys that he will pass this year on his way to breaking the all-time rushing record.
I am a Royster fan, I even bought his jersey. I will be very happy for him when he breaks the record. Assuming this tweeting and complaining thing stops, I can think of only a few players who I would be as happy for. He has always done what the coaches asked and never got in trouble. Unfortunately, his style doesn’t fit this team as well, IMO. I agree that we need to keep giving him his carries, but if Green/Redd continue to out produce Royster by 1.2 ypc over the next 2 games, something will need to change.