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The Gipper

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I know that the RB position has now been devalued at the pro level, but at the college level it is still very much an important position, almost as much as QB. This year, it appears that the Big Ten Conference rules the roost at the Running back spot. There are about 130 FBS level teams, but 4 of the Top Ten Runners in the country are Big Ten backs:


Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

Tavon Coleman, Indiana

David Cobb, Minnesota


The other top ten runners are

James Conner, Pitt

Devon Johnson, Marshall

Duke Johnson, Miami

Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan

Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego St.

Samaje Perine, Oklahoma


Three more Big Ten Backs are in the top 30 (Elliot OSU, Jackson Northwestern, Langford Mich. St.), giving the Big Ten 7 of the top 30.


In comparison, the ACC has 3, the SEC 3, the Pac-12 4, the Big 12 1, the MAC has 4, and all other conferences have 8.

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You can't leave Bama's T.J. Yeldon off that list of RB's. He'll be coming out early this year.

Alabama RBs have a real spotty record as pros. See Mark Ingram and TR on the down side, Eddie Lacy on the upside.

(I will take Alabama Linebackers though.....they most perform well.)

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