Stats & Info: Jonathan Stewart

Peterson, Vikings will miss Felton

August, 27, 2013

Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today SportsAdrian Peterson was at his best with fullback Jerome Felton on the field last season.

The NFL on Monday suspended Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton three games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Nobody will miss the 2012 Pro Bowler more than his backfield-mate Adrian Peterson.

Peterson ran for more than 1,500 yards and averaged 6.9 yards per carry with Felton on the field; with Felton on the bench, he averaged only 4.6 yards per rush.

Peterson ran the ball 235 times out of two-back sets last season with Felton on the field for 201 of those. Should the Vikings be forced to adjust their playcalling sans Felton, it could impact the team’s offensive success. Minnesota averaged 6.1 yards per play out of two-back formations last season and 4.6 yards per play out of all other offensive sets.

Stewart among PUP hits
Tuesday at 4 eastern was the deadline for NFL teams to cut their rosters down to 75 and with that, a few notable players were placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

The Carolina Panthers placed Jonathan Stewart on the PUP list with an injured right ankle. He’ll miss the first six games, which means DeAngelo Williams will open the season as the team’s top back. While Stewart and Williams have split carries since Stewart was drafted in the first round in 2008, Williams has seen a spike in production when Stewart sits.

According to Elias, in the seven games Stewart has been inactive since 2008, Williams has averaged 15.7 touches and 94.5 total yards per game. He’s averaged 14.6 touches and 78.3 total yards overall since 2008.

Harris heading to IR
Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after re-injuring his knee in Friday’s preseason game.

Harris, who finished last season as the team’s starter, averaged 5.3 yards per rush between the tackles last season, tops among all Packers running backs. All other Packers running backs combined to average 3.5 yards per rush between the tackles.

With Harris on the shelf, Green Bay will look to second round pick Eddie Lacy to carry the load. The Packers haven’t had a 100-yard rusher since Brandon Jackson in Week 5 of 2010, a stretch of 43 consecutive games. Lacy would be the team’s first rookie to rush for 100 yards since Ryan Grant in 2007.
Oregon entered Thursday’s game versus UCLA as the AP No. 1 team for the first time in school history. A large part of their success has come from the most potent offense in the Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

Thursday Oregon rolled up 582 yards of total offense and scored on each of its first six possessions. Five different Ducks found the end zone en route to Oregon’s first 7-0 start since 1933. The Ducks have reached 60 points an FBS-high three times this season.

Star Watch
QB Darron Thomas became the sixth different Oregon QB to start against UCLA in as many games. He completed his first 11 passes and finished 22 of 31 for a career-high 308 pass yards and 3 TD.

RB LaMichael James added 123 rush yards and 2 TD. He has scored a touchdown in all six games he's played in this season, giving him 26 scores in 19 career games (25 rush, 1 rec). Five of his last 13 touchdowns have gone for 50-plus yards. James also notched his 14th career 100-yard rushing game, tying him with Jonathan Stewart for the most in school history.

Team Tids
The Ducks have won 14 straight games at Autzen Stadium, including 11 straight against Pac-10 opponents. The 14-game win streak is the second longest in stadium history (won 23 straight between 1997 and 2001).

In outscoring their opponents by a combined 386-111, the Ducks have totaled more points than any other seven-game stretch in their history (September 1-Oct. 20, 2007).

They’ve scored 33 touchdowns in four home games this season, an average of 8.3 TD a game. The 33 TD at home are more than 106 FBS teams have scored for the entire season!

Oregon has now won eight of the last 10 meetings, including three straight at home versus UCLA.