Stat shows UNC's Sam Howell has been one of nation's most dangerous rushers this season
North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell has been one of the most explosive runners in all of college football this season — regardless of position.
According to Pro Football Focus, Howell is No. 2 in the nation in runs of at least 10+ yards. He trails only Syracuse’s Sean Tucker in that regard.
That means he’s ahead of potential All-American running backs like Kenneth Walker III, TreVeyon Henderson and many more high-profile running backs.
Most rushes of 10+ yards in college football:
🔸 Sean Tucker – 34
🔸 Sam Howell – 32
🔸 Kenneth Walker III – 31#Pleased 🍊 pic.twitter.com/pvA572KqTr
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 1, 2021
So far this season, Howell has 595 rushing yards and has scored 6 touchdowns on the ground — both career highs. His previous career-best in rushing yards was 146. He’s averaging 5.2 yards per carry this year.
Howell is also leading all ACC quarterbacks in rushing with 74.50 yards per game. That’s ahead of dual threat quarterbacks like Louisville’s Malik Cunningham and Syracuse’s Garrett Shrader.
Howell has increased in rushing production while maintaining his status as one of the most dangerous passers in the ACC. His passer efficiency rating of 159.43 ranks fourth in the ACC going into Week 10.
North Carolina hosts undefeated Wake Forest on Saturday.