Expert panel ranks the best RBs in college football
Who are the best running backs in college football? Athlon Sports asked a panel of experts, including Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz and SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy, to name the 16 best running backs in college football heading into the 2016 season.
LSU RB Leonard Fournette leads the way, with two other SEC running backs making the cut for the top 10. Check out below what Athlon Sports had to say about all three.
Leonard Fournette, LSU (No. 1):
He’s simply the best. Size, speed, power, vision, balance, production. Fournette can do it all and has done it all. Should he lead LSU to a division title there is no doubt he’ll be in New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. There is no excuse for him not to get over 300 touches on offense this fall.
Nick Chubb, Georgia (No. 6):
College football was robbed of one its stars last fall when Chubb was lost for the season with a torn ACL after six games. He was averaging over 8.0 yards per carry and had scored eight times. Should he return to form, fans in Athens should be treated to what would amount to his first full year as the true No. 1. His 1,547-yard freshman season came as a pseudo-backup to Todd Gurley.
Jalen Hurd, Tennessee (No. 7):
Chubb, Fournette and Derrick Henry got all of the headlines as far as SEC backs go, but Hurd is just as good. The hulking tailback is less than 900 yards away from becoming Tennessee’s all-time leading rusher. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder leads what should one of the best running games in the entire nation.
The full list of 16 can be viewed here.
Did any SEC running backs get snubbed? Is Chubb or Hurd underrated by the experts?