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Post Shakeup in the backfield

Monday September 25, 2006

Though the focus is on the quarterback depth chart this week, UGASports.com is reporting that Kregg Lumpkin has stepped up into the #1 tailback spot. Lumpkin certainly has looked like the most consistent back this year, so I’m glad to see him get the opportunity. I really hope that Brown can find a role because he’s obviously got the talent.

The real question is, “does the starting tailback really matter?” Given the way the Dawgs rotate in tailbacks, does the position mean anything other than who gets his name announced pregame? Will Lumpkin get a majority of the carries and a chance to let his consistency build to a big day on the ground? If there’s a defense vulnerable against the run, it’s Ole Miss. What can the Dawgs and Lumpkin in the starting role do with this opportunity?

The Dawgs haven’t had a back individually rush for 100 yards since the Louisiana-Monroe game in 2005 when Danny Ware got 109 yards on just 13 carries. That’s 14 consecutive games held under the century mark. It was a big deal when the Dawgs went the entire 2003 season without a 100+ yard game from a back. Are we headed for the same this year?

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