Monday, October 24, 2016

Setting the record straight: How much does SU's Lenard Tillery actually need to break the SWAC rushing record?

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Southern senior running back Lenard Tillery has a chance to break the SWAC’s all-time rushing record this weekend against Alcorn State.

But just how many yards does Tillery need? It depends on your source.

Visit the Southern website, grab a calculator and add up Tillery’s statistics from each of the past four years, and you’ll arrive at 3,937 yards.

Visit the NCAA’s website, which should serve as an official record book, and Tillery sits at 3,905 career yards.

So which one is right? And why does it matter? The record is 4,050 yards, so Tillery is a shoo-in to break it anyway, right?

Let’s visit the second question first, and let’s consider it with a hypothetical situation: This weekend against Alcorn State, Lenard Tillery matches his season average for yards rushing and gains 128 yards against Alcorn State.


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