Going back through the SEC’s history, running back has traditionally been one of the conference’s strongest positions.

In the last decade, that hasn’t changed. From Darren McFadden and Felix Jones teaming up to take the SEC by storm to Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Todd Gurley putting up eye-popping numbers, the conference has had more than its share of running back talent.

Which school has truly owned the running back position over the last decade?

To figure it out, we assigned values to several key areas. We looked back at the last 10 recruiting cycles (2006-15), football seasons (2005-14) and NFL drafts (2006-15). Each four- or five-star running back recruit a school signed earned a half-point, each Associated Press first-team All-SEC selection earned two points, consensus All-American selections were worth four points and NFL draft picks were worth three.

In the cases of Missouri and Texas A&M, both of which joined the conference in 2012, we included any AP first-team All-Big 12 selections from 2006-11.

4- and 5-star signees 1st-team All-SEC Consensus All-Americans NFL draft picks Points
Alabama 15 2 2 6 37.5
Arkansas 5 3 2 4 28.5
Auburn 7 4 0 5 20.5
Florida 11 1 0 4 19.5
Georgia 11 4 0 4 25.5
Kentucky 1 0 0 1 3.5
LSU 9 3 0 8 34.5
Mississippi State 4 1 0 4 16
Missouri 1 1 0 1 5.5
Ole Miss 6 1 0 1 8
South Carolina 5 1 0 3 13.5
Tennessee 8 0 0 1 7
Texas A&M 5 0 0 2 8.5
Vanderbilt 2 0 0 1 4

As it often does when we look through the SEC’s positions over the last decade, the running back position was a close race between LSU and Alabama. The Crimson Tide took a slight edge by our scoring, topping LSU 37.5 to 34.5 points.

Alabama has the most four- and five-star signees at the position over the last decade, not surprising considering the general dominance the Crimson Tide have had in recruiting since Nick Saban arrived. Alabama is also the only school in the conference to have two different backs named All-Americans in Heisman winner Ingram and his successor, Richardson. Six former Crimson Tide running backs have been selected in the NFL draft in the last decade as well, with T.J. Yeldon the most recent selection last weekend. Derrick Henry could add another draft pick (and potentially an All-American season) after this season.

LSU takes the cake in terms of players sent to the NFL. Kenny Hilliard’s selection last weekend pushed LSU’s total to eight running backs chosen in the draft over the last decade. The Tigers have also placed three running backs on the AP’s All-SEC first team in the 10 seasons, tied for the second-highest total in the conference. Leonard Fournette is set to battle with Henry and Nick Chubb for SEC supremacy this season and beyond and should be the next all-conference player and running back draft pick from LSU.

After Alabama and LSU, there’s a two-team cluster of Arkansas (28.5 points) and Georgia (25.5 points). Arkansas earns the designation of doing the most with the least, having signed just five four- or five-star players in the last decade. The Razorbacks got a major boost from Darren McFadden, a two-time All-American and the only non-Alabama RB to make an All-American team from the SEC in the last decade. With Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins on hand, the running back duo tradition at Arkansas rolls on.

Georgia has had its share of stars, with two running backs (Knowshon Moreno and Gurley) going in the first round six years apart. With Chubb emerging as an All-American candidate for at least the next two seasons, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Dawgs jump up toward the top of this list in a year or two.