Recently at BSD we have had a lot of articles that are heavy on facts and fairly light on opinions, especially about the upcoming football season. This article is the first in the a few over the next month that will basically be thoughts that cross my head during any day, that are then transposed to paper. Facts may be few and far between, but it gives me a good place to talk about things that I think people may or may not want to read about.
Aaaaaaand if you don't want to read my opinions I am quite alright with that too. There will be plenty of articles with more facts for you coming up soon as well. Enjoy!
Click through for a comparison of Josh Harris, and one of the best running backs to ever play at Wake Forest.
First of all, let me preempt any criticisms that I may receive by stating the following in big bold letters: I AM NOT IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM STATING THAT JOSH HARRIS IS CURRENTLY AS GOOD AS CHRIS BARCLAY WAS PLAYING FOR WAKE FOREST FROM 2002-2005. I am merely going to take a look at their running styles, players around them, and similar freshman years to give a sense of how good Harris can be over the next 3 years at Wake Forest (barring injury or early exit to the NFL).
Now that we have set the parameters for this article, we need some statistics to beef just how good Chris Barclay was. See below:
Here are a few of his accolades as well:
- 2005 ACC Player of the Year
- Three-Time All-ACC Selection
- Wake Forest's All-Time Leading Rusher (840 attempts for 4,032 yards...also the most in the ACC since 2000)
- Set 7 school records during his time at Wake (rushing yards, scoring, rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns, all-purpose yards, 200-yard rushing games, and 1,000 yard rushing).
- Barclay- 144 rushes for 703 yards (4.9 ypc, 10 TDs)
- Harris- 126 rushes for 720 yards (5.7 ypc, 7 TDs)
- ACC Play- Barclay- 78 rushes for 381 yards (4.9 ypc, 5 TDs)
- ACC Play- Harris- 81 rushes for 447 yards (5.5 ypc, 4 TDs)
|1||2002-08-29||Wake Forest||@||Northern Illinois||L||5||37||7.4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2||2002-09-07||Wake Forest||East Carolina||W||9||57||6.3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|3||2002-09-14||Wake Forest||@||North Carolina State||L||4||16||4.0||0||1||13||13.0||0||0||0||0|
|6||2002-10-05||Wake Forest||@||Georgia Tech||W||13||64||4.9||1||0||0||0||1||25||25.0||0|
|9||2002-10-26||Wake Forest||North Carolina||W||7||45||6.4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10||2002-11-02||Wake Forest||Florida State||L||9||19||2.1||1||0||0||0||1||11||11.0||0|
|4||2010-09-25||Wake Forest||@||Florida State||L||4||4||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|6||2010-10-16||Wake Forest||@||Virginia Tech||L||20||241||12.1||2||0||0||0|
|8||2010-11-06||Wake Forest||Boston College||L||19||67||3.5||0||0||0||0|
|9||2010-11-13||Wake Forest||@||North Carolina State||L||7||20||2.9||0||1||-1||-1.0||0|
- 2002 WFU was much better than 2010 WFU. This led to more running in an already rush heavy attack.
- Chris Barclay's stats were hampered by his time share in the backfield with Tarence Williams, Cornelius Birgs, Nick Burney, and Ovie Mughelli. This cut down on his yards and touchdowns (Mughelli had 12 himself). It did, however, allow Barclay to come in and run against a tired defense, and learn from Mughelli and Williams.
- Harris had 241 yards in one game last year, which obviously inflated his yardage and also his YPC. Barclay was much more consistent, but they both had some low yardage games.
- The 2002 offensive line included Tyson Clabo and Mark Moroz. While Looney, Weaver and Godfrey (and really the entire offensive line) are huge and may get a chance to play in the NFL, they are not anywhere nearly as good as Clabo and Moroz.
|1||2003-08-30||Wake Forest||@||Boston College||W||6||12||2.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2||2003-09-06||Wake Forest||North Carolina State||W||21||90||4.3||1||1||-4||-4.0||0||0||0||0|
|4||2003-09-20||Wake Forest||East Carolina||W||17||55||3.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|6||2003-10-11||Wake Forest||Georgia Tech||L||19||124||6.5||1||2||9||4.5||0||0||0||0|
|8||2003-10-25||Wake Forest||@||Florida State||L||16||50||3.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10||2003-11-08||Wake Forest||@||North Carolina||L||35||160||4.6||1||0||0||0||1||28||28.0||0|