Matt Breida Is The NFL’s Rushing Leader Through Week 2

by | Sep 19, 2018 | Football, Georgia Southern Football | 0 comments

When the 49ers began the year, their backfield was highlighted by two backs who used to tear it up in Statesboro. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida, both Georgia Southern products, entered the year as a two-headed monster. Unfortunately, McKinnon’s season was cut short by an ACL tear in practice.

Breida, originally slated to be McKinnon’s backup, had to step up. To start the season, Breida has split carries with veteran back Alford Morris. Let’s take a look at the results through two weeks:

Morris: 26 Att 86 Yds 0TD 3.3 Ypc

Breida: 22 Att 184 Yds 1TD 8.4 Ypc

Matt Breida’s 184 yards are good for the NFL lead through Week 2, as are his 8.4 yards per carry (min. 20 attempts).

His success will come as no surprise to Georgia Southern fans. Known lovingly as “Mr.He Gone” in Statesboro, Breida blew up his sophomore and junior year with a combined 3,094 yards and 34 touchdowns on the ground.