Miami Hurricanes Travis Homer one of ACC’s best big play RBs

TALLAHASSEE OCTOBER 7: Running back Travis Homer
TALLAHASSEE OCTOBER 7: Running back Travis Homer /
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In his first career start, Homer ran for 170 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. He added one reception for 18 yards and another score. PFF defines elusiveness as “a runner’s success beyond the point of being helped by blockers.”

Homer finished with a score of 77.4 in elusiveness. That is sixth in the ACC. Clemson’s Travis Etienne topped the ACC running backs in elusiveness with a score of 134.1.

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  • Homer had 114 rushing attempts last season that fit in the elusiveness category. He added, “11 catches, caused 22 missed tackles while rushing the football and four missed tackles after catching the football.”

    Homer was ahead of running backs such as Florida State’s Jacques Patrick and Virginia Tech’s Travon McMillan. The ACC running backs ahead of Homer are mostly All-American candidates.

    Florida State’s Cam Akers finished second followed by Michael Carter of North Carolina, A.J. Dillon of Boston College, and KirVonte Benson of Georgia Tech.

    Homer scored his highest on the breakaway percentage. PFF defines “Breakaway Percentage shows…runners earn the highest (and lowest) percentage of their yardage on big plays (any runs of 15 yards or more).”

    Homer had nine runs last season of 15 yards or more. He finished second in the ACC in breakaway percentage according to PFF. Homer’s stats on big play according to PFF and 247 were “114 carries for 620 yards, 9 runs of 15-plus yards, 288 yards off 15-plus yard runs).”