Marquel Blackwell

Ole Miss

Running Backs

Conference: SEC

Coach Stats

Why should this nominee be considered for the Broyles Award?
Marquel Blackwell mentors one of the most dynamic running back groups in the country. Ole Miss leads the SEC and rank No. 3 in FBS, averaging nearly 260 rushing yards per game. The Rebels feature two running backs averaging more than 75 yards per game, including true freshman Quinshon Judkins, who ranks No. 9 nationally with 1,171 yards rushing on the season.
Coach's Past Performance
Marquel Blackwell joined Ole Miss in 2022 after spending the previous three seasons at Houston. Blackwell started out at Houston as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2019 before taking over the running backs for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. In his second season as running backs coach, Blackwell saw the total rushing production improve by 847 yards. Cougar running backs found the endzone 27 times in 2021 compared to 12 in 2020. Blackwell spent the 2018 season at West Virginia and helped lead a Mountaineer offense that eclipsed the 500-yard and 40-point marks eight times during the season including 704 yards and 56 points vs. Oklahoma. Blackwell arrived in West Virginia after serving as the running backs coach at Toledo in 2016-17. He was part of a staff that led the Rockets to a 20-7 mark during his tenure, including an 11-3 record in 2017, the 2017 Mid-American Conference championship and two bowl appearances. In 2016, under Blackwell’s tutelage, Kareem Hunt led the MAC and was No. 15 nationally with 1,475 yards while rushing for at least 100 yards eight times. A third-round NFL Draft selection by the Kansas City Chiefs, Hunt finished with a Toledo-record 4,945 yards, ranking No. 3 in MAC history. As a player, Blackwell was USF’s starting quarterback for four years and led the Bulls to a 30-12 mark. He threw for 9,108 yards and 57 touchdowns and had 1,235 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns in his career. He set most of the Bulls’ career passing records and is among the tops in rushing yards and touchdowns. The three-year captain led the Bulls to a 9-2 record as a senior before playing in the NFL with the New York Jets.
Team Record and Standings
8-2, 4-2 SEC- Ranked No. 14 in both the AP Top 25 and AFCA Coaches Poll- Ranked third in the SEC West
Team/Unit Stats
• Ole Miss ranks top 5 in total rushing yards (2,598), rushing attempts (479) and rushing TDs (29)• The Rebels are second in the SEC and No. 9 nationally converting on third downs 51.1 percent of the time• Ole Miss is one of only five schools in the FBS with three players over 500 yards rushing (Ole Miss, Florida, Oregon, UCF, Georgia State)• The Rebels are averaging 20.7 seconds per play this season, the second-fastest average in FBS behind onlyIndiana (19.9 spp)• The Rebels stand as the lone FBS team with 4,800 yards of total offense (4,855, No. 15 FBS) and 2,500 yards rushing (2,596, No. 3 FBS)• Ole Miss is one of only two Power-5 teams beyond 2,500 yards, joining Michigan• Ole Miss ranks tied for seventh among FBS schools in rushing touchdowns with 29.
Individual Player Stats
QUINSHON JUDKINS | RUNNING BACK | OLE MISSFreshman | 5-11 | 210 | Pike Road, Ala.• 205 carries | 1,171 rushing yards | 15 rushing TDs | 117.1 rushing ypg | 16 total TDs• Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Semifinalist• Midseason Freshman All-American (The Athletic)• Leads the SEC and ranks No. 5 in rushing TDs (15) … Single season Ole Miss record• Leads the SEC and ranks No. 8 in rushing yards (1,171) … Ranks fourth in Ole Miss single season• Ranks No. 10 in the FBS in scoring (9.6 pts per game) and No. 8 in total points scored (96)• Tops amongst freshman in rushing yards, rushing yards per game, rushing TDs, all-purpose yards, scoring and total touchdowns• 3x SEC Freshman of the Week• Became the third-fastest SEC true freshman to surpass 1,000 yards (9 games) behind on Emmitt Smith (Florida) and Hershel Walker (Georgia)ZACH EVANS | RUNNING BACK | OLE MISSJunior | 6-0 | 215 | Houston, Texas• 114 carries | 692 rushing yards | 7 rushing TDs | 76.9 rushing ypg | 8 total TDs• No. 7 in the SEC in rushing yards per game (76.9)• Ranked No. 21 in FBS in rush yards per carry (6.07)• No. 9 in the SEC with seven rushing touchdowns