Georgia football: Don’t sleep on running back Kenny McIntosh

Georgia football signed Kenny McIntosh to little fanfare in the 2019 recruiting class. McIntosh impressed in the few carries he had last season, and even played well in the Sugar Bowl.

Kenny McIntosh is one of the more dynamic running backs on the Georgia football roster. This really shows up when you compare his yards before contact to the other running backs on Georgia’s roster in 2019. McIntosh averaged 5.20 yards before a defender made contact with him, the next running back was D’Andre Swift averaging 3.13.

McIntosh’s burst and vision are second to none on the Bulldogs’ roster.  Except maybe to Zamir White who was the only running back to have a higher percentage of seven-to-10-yard runs (15.38-percent) than McIntosh (8-percent). He was also second on the team in the percentage of three to seven yard runs with 32-percent of his runs going over three yards.

McIntosh can move the ball down the field. The only place he struggles is after contact. He had a team-worst 1.76 yards after contact average. This shows that McIntosh is pretty much toast after first contact. McIntosh also led the team in negative run plays with 12.9 percent of his runs being stopped behind the line of scrimmage.

McIntosh is definitely a boom or bust type of player, but his 6.96 yards per carry shows that he is a lot more boom than bust. Georgia would be smart to keep him in the rotation and give him a steady diet of carries on Saturdays. Especially seeing as he had a team high 8-percent of his carries go for touchdowns in 2019.

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McIntosh did not have the hype of a Zamir White, Kendall Milton, or Daijun Edwards when he got to campus, but his numbers speak for themselves. Do not sleep on McIntosh, this kid is something special and his spot on the depth chart will not define him.