After looking at all of the highlights and viewing eachs stats it's pretty obvious to note a couple of things:
1. 2011 offense and 2012 offense was a lot different. Just look at the total passing yardage. Obviously that was due to the difference in QB play. How does this affect the running game you may ask? Because defenses become less committed to the run, they put an extra guy (sometimes 2) into coverage rather than walking strong safties up and stacking the box. Therefore a balanced attack feeds off one another. With that being said...
2. The RB's in 2012 had huge holes to run through because of the success of our passing game and with the respect of opponents defenses to ZM ability to throw the rock. Unfortunately to Blues injury and Hilliard having off the field issues, we only got a glimpse of them in 2012. Hill, a talented back, comes in and shines. Ford and ware's ypc increased drastically. A lot of this increased success from all the backs can go to ZM.
3. I watched Kenny's highlights, Blue's highlights,
and Hills highlights
. Bottom line is all of them are very talented backs. But do not let 2011 slip your mind how Kenny and Blue (along with Tryann and our Defense) carried us through that season. Especially the SEC championship game. They did this with horrible QB play. I am tired of people on here blasting Blue and Kenny and laying on Hill's nuts. You watch the videos above and count how many tackles Hill broke in comparison to Blue and especially Hilliard. Hill is an awesome back, but so is Blue and #27. Dont forget about Magee. You may have your favorite or least favorite, but at the end of the day they all wear purple and gold and are legit. No one cares about your ranking, your depth chart, nor your favorite. Film and numbers dont lie. Time is a great revealer of truth. After watching all three videos it's quiet obvious that Blue speed and vision kills, Kenny is a train to tackle and just runs through people, and Hill with his power and speed makes him tough to tackle, and Magee is a horse in the stable patiently waiting to be let lose.