South Carolina is quite familiar with the SEC’s top running backs.
Last week, the Gamecocks faced Heisman hopeful Leonard Fournette, and they held LSU’s workhorse to his lowest rushing total of the season — 158 yards.
South Carolina has also tried to contain UGA’s Nick Chubb, who gashed the defense for 159 yards.
Next up: Ralph Webb.
Vanderbilt’s tailback has rushed for 437 yards and three touchdowns this season, and is averaging just better than 4.0 yards per carry. South Carolina interim coach Shawn Elliott had no shortage of praise when discussing the Commodores’ leading rusher Wednesday.
“Ralph Webb is one of the best running backs in the Southeastern Conference,” Elliott said. “Defensively, we’ve got to play better, put a consistent four quarters together. A week ago, we came out defensively and played pretty well the first half, making stops, tackling and doing things necessary to keep us in the ball game.
“The same is going to be for this week, but we need to do it for four quarters and with a higher intensity level than we’ve ever done it. They’re just like us, very hungry and very motivated.”
Webb will face a South Carolina team that ranks 106th in the nation in rush defense, allowing almost 208 yards on the ground per game. The Gamecocks have already given up 13 rushing touchdowns this season.
Elliott on stopping Ralph Webb: "He's one of the best RBs in the SEC. We know defensively what we got to do."
— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) October 14, 2015