Vanderbilt is only guaranteed two more football games this season. After the ugly loss to Missouri, reaching a bowl game will be an uphill climb, yet still possible.
However, for Ralph Webb, he can’t count on getting to a bowl game in order for him to reach the record books. They could be the final two games for Webb at Vanderbilt.
RB Ralph Webb needs just 150 yards over @VandyFootball’s final two games (Ole Miss, UT) to become ‘Dores’ new career rushing leader.
— Zac Ellis (@ZacEllisVU) November 14, 2016
150-yards rushing for Webb in two games seemed like nothing early on in the season. The junior averaged 113 yards per game through the first six weeks of the season. But, since then an ankle injury has hobbled his production. In the last three SEC contests, Webb has averaged only 42 yards per game on three yards per carry.
Ralph Webb deserves to break Zac Stacy’s career 3,143 rushing yards record. I’m rooting for him to. Webb has been the best, most dynamic and well rounded running back the program has ever seen.
Luckily for Vanderbilt, the final two opponents have struggled to stop the run all season. Ole Miss ranks as the 15th worst rush defense in all of college football giving up an average of 229 yards per game. The Vols haven’t been much better. Tennessee’s rush defense is the 27th worst in the country giving up an average of 216 yards a game.
Is Webb healthy enough to get the final 150 yards the next two weeks to break the record? That’s what we’re all wondering about. He started the 2016 season like a bat out of hell with highlight plays, jumping over defenders and racking up big yards.
Ralph Webb can jump https://t.co/hlUQWOgxYB
— Eliot Crist (@EliotCrist) September 14, 2016
Don’t get me wrong, he’s already stable in the record books… After his redshirt year, Webb broke the freshman single-season rushing record (907 yards) in 2014 and then broke the sophomore single-season rushing record, last year (1,152). 1,152 yards in a season, also, ranks as Vandy’s second most rushing yards in a season behind Zac Stacy’s 1,192 in 2011. Webb’s 677, and counting, career carries is the most in school history.
Winning hasn’t followed Webb, unfortunately
The bummer for Vanderbilt is Ralph Webb’s greatness has gone to waste because of the lack of winning during his three seasons. Derek Mason’s Vandy teams are currently 11-23 with two games left in season three.
Sure, Webb could stick around for his senior season. But, I believe running back’s need to hit the NFL as soon as they can. 677 carries in the SEC is a lot on a body for any running back.
Regardless whether he breaks the record or not, Webb will be remember as one of the best football players to ever come through Vanderbilt.
— Vandy_62⚓⬇ (@vandy_62) November 9, 2015