Matt Breida Is The NFL’s Rushing Leader Through Week 2
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.
Current NFL Rushing Leader, Matt Breida, posted an elite #RAS coming out as a UDFA in 2017. The #49ers have to be pleased with his progress in one season, but can he sustain that production if he isn't facing the Lions defense every week? pic.twitter.com/LzVpaLNT3t— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) September 19, 2018