SEC’s Running Back U

Arkansas v LSU

Which SEC team should have the right to be called Running Back U during the 2000s?

Three teams jump to the front and fight for respect. Alabama, Arkansas and Auburn all lay claim to the title of Running Back U, but there can only be one, right?

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ESPN.com recently ranked the top 10 Running Back Us of the 2000s, and here were their results:

1. Arkansas
2. Oklahoma
3. Alabama
4. Auburn

4. Wisconsin
6. Oregon
7. USC
8. Penn State
9. Oklahoma State
10. California

ESPN says Arkansas should hold the title of Running Back U because of Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis, and the three are among six total backs to be drafted from the Hogs’ program. Don’t look now, but Alex Collins, Jonathan Williams and Korliss Marshall just might give the Razorbacks another three-headed monster.

Alabama ranked third for their big trio of Heisman winner Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy. Currently, TJ Yeldon and Derrick Henry hope to make up some ground in a hurry, and Yeldon could become Alabama’s all-time leading rusher in 2014.

Auburn ranked fourth, just behind Alabama, for their notable stacked backfield of Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown. Among other notables are Rudi Johnson, Ben Tate, Kenny Irons and Tre Mason. Oh, and did you know that former New York Giant Brandon Jacobs backed up Williams and Brown before transferring to Southern Illinois?

So, if you had to choose, which of the three would your Running Back U be? If you had to choose between Arkansas’ trio of Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis against Alabama’s Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy, which would you choose?

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