Sunday, November 28, 2021

BJ Baylor among Pac-12 runners making it out

Pac-12 Progressive Leader BJ Baylor, Oregon’s improved ground play is one of the key reasons the Beavers are just a few steps away from qualifying for the cup for the first time since 2013.

Baylor is one of several famous Pac-12 runners to make great strides this season. He attracts attention not only with the numbers he cites, but also for the role he plays in the growth of beavers this season (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12).

The junior running back leads Pac-12 with an average of 118.6 yards per game. This week he was named Pac-12 Attacker of the Week after taking a 152-yard win in Oregon’s 42-34 game over Utah last weekend.

Ranked sixth in the national rankings for yards per game, Baylor has 10 touchdowns this season and four games per 100 yards in a row.

He was asked what it was like to see the alleys open up in front of him. “It’s fine. I mean every game I know the offensive line will do its job, ”Baylor said. “It’s just that now we (the fugitives) know that we have to carry out all our tasks.”

Baylor started to perform well last year, but played in the shadow of Jermar Jefferson, now with the Detroit Lions. And like the rest of the Pac-12s, the Beavers have been limited to a shortened season due to the coronavirus.

Baylor is part of a fast-paced attack that averages 245 yards per game, ranked first in Pac-12 and seventh in the country.

“First of all, I think they have the best offense in Pac-12, and statistically it will prove to be true. They control the ball better than anyone, score more points than anyone else, and do the best third downs. I think they are second in total offensive yards per game. And they were able to do it with pretty much everyone they played, basically, ”said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham.

Beavers visit California (2-5, 1-3) on Saturday.

Other notable Pac-12 running backs this season:


Dye raced 562 yards and eight touchdowns for Oregon this season, improving his game significantly when CJ Verdell was injured in the Duck’s defeat to Stanford. At the end of the season, Verdell raced 161 yards and landed twice in Oregon’s big win over Ohio earlier this season.

Dai, the younger brother of former Duck and current Minnesota Vikings midfielder Troy Dai, became the first FBS player to throw four touchdowns on four consecutive carries. last weekend at UCLA. That’s while racing just 35 yards on 14 transfers.

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It is doubtful if Dai will play at all due to the migraine a few hours before the game.

After beating the Bruins 34-31, the Ducks (6-1, 3-1) moved up three spots to 7th in the NWN’s top 25. Oregon hosts Colorado on Saturday (2-5, 1-3).

The Ducks averaged 197.6 yards per game on the ground and are second in the Pac-12 with 21 fastest TDs.

“It’s so, just gratifying,” Dai said about reaching the end zone. “It’s all in one, it’s all the emotions that hit you at the same time. I think it means being human, you know? As if you just get into the final zone and feel this energy. This is madness.”


The California native who returned home from playing for Michigan, Charbonnet leads the conference with 125 carries and is second with 732 yards for UCLA.

Although he struggled with injury last season, Charbonnet covered the 726 yards he raced in his first year in 2019 for Wolverine.

Along with fellow runner Britten Brown, Charbonnet and the Bruins (5-3, 3-2) rank second in the league with an average of 206.1 yards per game.

“These are two tough, die-hard physical defenders,” said Bruins coach Chip Kelly. “They are very good at angles, great at blocking. They play with great leverage and that’s their personality. We’ve seen this for two years with Britt, and Zach has been outstanding since we got him. “

UCLA visits Utah (4-3, 3-1) Saturday night.


In the turmoil of the Washington State program that accompanied coach Nick Rolovich’s firing, Max Borghi came to life last week and ran three career highs, but Cougars still fell to BYU, 21-19.… The Borgi currently have eight quick landings for Washington State (4-4, 3-2), who will visit Arizona this weekend. He has 28 fast landings for the Cougs, the second best in high school history.

Speaking of the state of Arizona (5-2, 3-1), the Sun Devils lead the league with 22 quick touchdowns. They are led by Rachaad White, who has run 483 yards and nine touchdowns this season. White has been 97 yards out of 1,000 in his career.


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