See that’s why you need to be in class, them 28s, where your ruler at?

– Big Boi, ATL (2006)


There was a collective sigh of disappointment this offseason when Marcus Carroll chose to transfer from Georgia State. The former SOAP absolutely torched the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) in 2023, and to make matters worse, Shawn Elliot, who led the charge on staff, also announced he’d be leaving over the offseason.

The coaching change was unfortunate, as I had circled Coastal Carolina transfer CJ Beasley as a name I wanted to follow in the offseason. After all, the Panthers would be replacing 250+ carries and 1,000+ yards on offense. Someone had to fill those shoes, and the coach had already demonstrated a willingness to lean on one pig. When Elliot moved on, so did I. 

However, when McGee and his newest OC were announced, I took another look—and I liked what I saw, so much so that I felt the need to write about it.

The new OC brings an intriguing pattern of production at the RB position, and a few names on the GSU roster currently could be major beneficiaries.


New Staff

When it comes to volume pigs, the new Georgia State OC is an apex pig—as a man, that is. He sports a robust build, and some of his pigs have too. We’ll get to that shortly. First, I should introduce the new HC.

Former UGA RBs coach and longtime Kirby Smart assistant Dell McGee accepted the position of head coach for the Georgia State Panthers in late February. He replaced Shawn Elliot, who left to be the TEs coach in South Carolina in the same month. 

McGee joined the program with Kirby Smart in 2016, occupying the RBs coach position and assistant head coach title until the present. He was also promoted to run-game coordinator in 2019, which coincidentally happens to be the last time a runner received 200 or more carries in UGA’s offense.

Before UGA, McGee served as the RBs coach at Georgia Southern from 2014-15 and was promoted to interim head coach at the end of the 2015 season before accepting the position on Kirby’s staff at UGA. A native of West Georgia, McGee is an Auburn alum, and he started his coaching career in CFB as an analyst on the plains. Given that he has yet to serve in a defined play-calling role, it is hard to say exactly what the patterns will be under McGee.

The OC— Jim Chaney, was an absolute psychopath during his time at UGA (2016-2018). The Dawgs posted three straight seasons of at least one 1000-yard rusher and produced two a piece in 2017 and 2018. 

2018

  • D’Andre Swift — 162-1049-10
  • Elijah Holyfield — 159-1018-7

2017

  • Nick Chubb — 223-1345-15
  • Sony Michel — 156-1227-16

2016

  • Nick Chubb — 224-1130-8

When two runners break the threshold, the individual carry numbers won’t blow you away. Chubb still got over 200 carries—how could you not hand it to him if you have, right? But all in all, Chaney doesn’t seem adverse to a two-man committee either. The good news is, like our friend Lance Leipold up in Kansas, Chaney’s UGA offences ran it so heavily (and effectively), that two runners could still be productive. 

Outside of Chaney’s time with the Dawgs, he spent the last three seasons as an analyst for Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, and the New Orleans Saints. Before that, he was the OC of the Tennessee Volunteers (2019-2020). There were no notable stat lines during his time at Tennessee.

His two-headed monster tendency again showed itself when he was the OC of the Pittsburgh Steelers, as DeAngelo Williams finished with 200 carries, while LeVeon Bell finished with 113 in 2015.

His time as OC at Arkansas (2013-14) mirrored his offenses at UGA. In 2014, Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins finished the year rushing for over 1000 yards.

Arkansas 2014 leading rushers. Source: ESPN

His 2013 Hogs only produced one 1000-yard rusher in Alex Collins.

Arkansas 2013 leading rushers. Source: ESPN

He also OC’d the Tennessee Volunteers from 2009-2012. Those four seasons produced two 1,000-yard rushers, each finishing with 282 and 204 carries in 2009 and 2010, respectively. The 282-carry runner was Montario Hardesty, who rushed for 1,345 yards and 13 TDs.


A Two-Headed Monster in the ATL?

Former Coastal Carolina runner CJ Beasley transferred this offseason into the GSU program. However, that was under the previous regime, so we’ll see if he sticks with that move (the spring portal window opens in April). 

The 5’9″, 170-pounder out of Virginia is entering his fifth year of CFB and had his best stretch of production between weeks three and six during the 2022 season. He scored 31, 19.5, 16, and 27 points during this span. He did this only receiving 20+ carries once during those four games, but he averaged 18.25 touches per game. 

His 2023 season was a disappointment. He finished with 262 yards and two scores on 68 attempts (5.7 PPG).

He is joined by senior RB Freddie Brock, who is also entering his fifth year of CFB. The 5’10″, 190-pound tailback from NY started his career in the FCS at Maine University. His best statistical season came in 2021 when he rushed for 706 yards and seven scores on 135 carries. He transferred to GSU in the 2023 offseason but had a largely forgettable season behind SOAP Carroll.

However, he landed on CFF managers’ radars after GSU’s bowl game when he rushed 24 times for 276 yards and a score (37.1 points). Carroll had already transferred at this point, so it was Brock’s backfield. 


Closing

As mentioned, the head coach who oversaw that operation has moved on, making Brock’s future less certain. The transfer acquisition of Beasley further muddies the waters for the 2024 outlook. 

However, the good news is that the new OC has a long history of using two runners heavily and effectively. Both of these players (Beasley and Brock) have now become draft-able, perhaps even in regular CFF formats, and may be added to my rankings for Q2. However, I would reserve only the last rounds of the draft for these types of players. 

Bestball is more of a place where there could be a lot of value here because each player’s production on a week-to-week basis might fluctuate somewhat. If this duo has an RB1A, he could probably be worth rostering in a standard re-draft.


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