Finding just one Georgia running back for Texas football to worry about the most is difficult since the backfield is so deep. The lone 1,000-yard rusher on the roster has to be the go-to choice here, though, with star sophomore running back D’Andre Swift. The impact the Dawgs were looking for out of Swift, following the departures of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, came through and more this fall.
Georgia’s backfield features a ton of talent, even outside of Swift, including junior Elijah Holyfield, junior Brian Herrien, and freshman James Cook. The one-two punch of Swift and Holyfield is pretty much a lock to go over 2,000 combined rushing yards this year during the Sugar Bowl. Holyfield is just short of the 1,000-rushing yard mark, with 956 so far.
Another thing to worry about from the dynamic duo that is Holyfield and Swift is the “thunder and lightning” type attack they give the Georgia offense. Swift is an agile and speedy rusher that can get to the outside in the blink of an eye. Meanwhile, Holyfield is a powerful runner that is quick for his size and strength. Both running backs average at least 6.5 yards per carry.
What Swift brings to the Georgia offense that Holyfield does not is the ability to make an impact in the receiving game. Swift leads all Georgia running backs in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown catches this year. He averages roughly 10 yards per catch this year to go along with 267 receiving yards and two touchdown catches. He’s a versatile threat that could be tough to deal with for the Texas front seven.