Originally Posted by Willgonnabaight
fumbles: SV 4, lost 1
Isi 7, lost 4
SV had more yards from scrimmage and 6 more TD's in one less game.
More yards from scrimmage in one less game? Vereen averaged 97.2 ypg, Isi averaged 101.7 ypg.
If you count only the gains per game, then you have to also mention that Vereen was thrown for a loss for more yards per game.
The TDs were largely a function of back-ups. Vereen's back-up was Isi. Isi's back-up was CJA. You don't substitute Vereen for Isi at the goal line. However, our coaches eventually figured out that you do substitute Isi for CJ at the goal line (though later they forgot).
Cal, lead by Vereen, had 19 rushing TDs in 2010. Lead by Sofele, Cal had 25 rushing TDs in 2011. I am not saying Sofele is better than Vereen, but he had a more productive year than Vereen did (mostly due to offensive design/the way they were used). We did not utilize Vereen or Best nearly as well as we could have. I do believe that if we had Vereen in 2011 and we utilized him like we did Sofele, he would have done even better than Sofele. Best? Might have been in Heisman contention.