After three seasons, it should come as no surprise that Elijah McGuire is close to breaking many school rushing records. He already shares one (rushing touchdowns in a game with five), but he's out for more.
The dual-sport star from Houma, Louisiana has amassed 3,185 rushing yards and 35 rushing touchdowns on 479 carries during his three seasons at UL Lafayette. Let's dive into the record books and see what McGuire needs to cement his legacy.
Rushing Yards - Career
McGuire's 3,185 rushing yards currently ranks him fourth behind Tyrell Fenroy, Brian Mitchell, and Alonzo Harris. The first two are legends around this part of town and jumping them would mean we'd likely never forget the name Elijah McGuire.
To jump Fenroy for number one, McGuire needs 1,461 rushing yards this season. This is one of the tougher records for him to break, as he just hasn't received the carries necessary to break 1,461 yards. Last season, he ran the ball more than ever (210 attempts), but also saw his lowest yards per carry (5.0).
Wishful thinking says we see the McGuire of 2013 and 2014 in terms of yards per carry, but he'll have to have a special season to break this record. Brian Mitchell ranks second with 3,335 yards, so consider the second position a lock at the very least.
Rushing Touchdowns - Career
McGuire has generated 35 touchdowns on the ground during his three years in vermillion and should have a great chance at breaking this record. Once again, Fenroy holds this record with 48 touchdowns.
Even with a down year in terms of team offense, the Ragin' Cajuns' running back still totaled 13 touchdowns last season. As long as he stays healthy, McGuire should break this record in the later part of the season. I'll go on record as saying he scores his 48th and 49th rushing touchdowns against Arkansas State on Senior Day, making it one to remember for all Ragin' Cajun fans everywhere.
Rushing Attempts - Career
With McGuire only having 479 carries in his career, this record is easily out of reach for the senior back. 330 carries is what he would need to break the record and if that kind of season happens then we're looking at a possible Sun Belt Player of the Year type season. Only two backs ran for over 330 carries last season, Derrick Henry and Christian McCaffrey.
Rushing Yards - Season
Fenroy's historic 2008 season ended with 1,375 yards to go with 19 touchdowns. From a rushing yard standpoint, it shouldn't be too hard for McGuire to topple this record. 1,375 yards equates to about 105 to 115 yards per game depending on if UL Lafayette reaches a bowl game this season.
This season we should expect McGuire to see about 200 attempts on the ground, which would mean he'd have to average 6.87 yards per carry to accumulate 1,375 yards. Considering how the offense will likely look for an Alonzo Harris/McGuire type running back by committee, we're going to need a bowl game for this record to be broken.
Rushing Touchdowns - Season
Both Fenroy and Brian Mitchell totaled 19 touchdowns in a single season during their career. Offensive strategies have shifted since those seasons and the lack of a need for a workhorse will limit any chance McGuire has at reaching 20 rushing touchdowns.
Rushing Attempts - Season
Interestingly enough, the most rushing attempts in a single season was by the quarterback of the 1989 team, Brian Mitchell. 237 attempts is a very reachable number, but it would take a more up-tempo offense and desire from Hudspeth to give McGuire more touches on the ground.
Breaking this record would mean a change in how Hudspeth wants to use McGuire and is certainly something all fans would welcome with open arms.
This season has the chance to be one to remember for a long time. Could we see Elijah McGuire chasing history and helping turn this team back into a winner before he heads off into the sunset that is the NFL? Now that would be a storybook ending.