# Football Yards Per Rushing Attempt

## Yards Per Rushing Attempt

Yards Per Rushing Attempt, shortened to YPC (Yards Per Carry), is the average of how many yards a player gains or loses when rushing with the ball. The number is expressed as a decimal to the tenths place (ex: 4.9).

This statistic is most often portrayed alongside stats for a Running-Back and is commonly used to determine the effectiveness of the Back and the Offensive Line.

## How to Calculate Yards Per Rushing Attempt

The stat is calculated by dividing the total number of yards rushing by the total number of rushing attempts. For instance, if a player has three rushing attempts and a total of 15 yards, their YPC is five yards (15 / 3 = 5). The equation works as well for negative numbers, five carries for negative five yards is a YPC of negative one (5 / -5 = -1).

## Yards Per Rushing Attempt Leaders

In order to be among the leaders, a player must have a certain number of rushing attempts. This is done to avoid counting players who do not have a large enough sample size for their statistics to be worthwhile.

Michael Vick currently holds the record for Career Yards Per Rushing Attempt at seven yards per attempt. Vick was a dominant rushing quarterback and took advantage of the play 'qb draw'.

Jamaal Charles is the leader among running backs for yards per rushing attempt with an average of 5.4 yards.

## Is it a Good Measure of a Runningback's Performance?

In most cases, yards per rushing attempt is a perfect place to start evaluating the performance of a running back. That being said, it does not tell the whole story. Running backs who play behind either a really talented or untalented offensive line will have skewed statistics. It isn't fair to compare those two running backs when taking this into account.

To fix this, a secondary stat should be used. A good statistic for this is yards after contact. This way a good running back is not penalized for having a bad offensive line and you can still see if they are productive with what they have.