Saturday, December 4, 2010
Todman carrying load for Connecticut
By Ryan Harings
(Connecticut at South Florida, 8 ET on ESPN2, ESPN3.com)
Connecticut’s Jordan Todman isn’t the first name that comes to mind when discussing the best running backs in the country, but he’s averaging more rushing yards per game than Oklahoma State’s Kendall Hunter (126.3) and last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram (81.6).
Todman is second in the FBS in rushing yards per game at 148.1. In fact, he’s averaging more yards on the ground per game than Georgia, Clemson, Oklahoma and Iowa do as a team.
The Huskies are a win away from clinching the Big East -- and the conference’s BCS bid -- despite a passing offense that ranks 113th. But one reason why the Huskies have won four straight games is the fact that Todman has performed better as the season’s gone on. He averaged nearly 50 yards more per game in November than he did in October, and his 31.7 attempts per game in November was second in the FBS behind Western Kentucky’s Bobby Rainey.
Todman’s numbers have been just as impressive against teams that are over .500. He’s one of just seven running backs since 2006 to average at least 150 yards a game against FBS teams that have a winning record. (Against FBS teams with winning records this season, Todman is averaging 152.4 yards per game.)
On Saturday, he’ll be going up against South Florida (3-3, 7-4), a team that’s allowing just 133 yards per game on the ground, and has allowed only four backs to rush for 100 yards in a game this season.