As shallow as the SEC’s pool of quarterbacks is this season, it’s running backs well is just as deep.
Blessed with a trio of running backs who should be among the nation’s best in LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Georgia’s Nick Chubb and Tennessee’s Jalen Hurd, the league has plenty of star power. Toss in unsung studs such as Vanderbilt’s Ralph Webb and Kentucky’s Boom Williams, and the SEC is back-loaded.
That’s not even mentioning some talented guys who’ll shoulder the load for the first time like Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough, Arkansas’ Rawleigh Williams and Florida’s Mark Thompson. Oklahoma transfer Keith Ford could shine for Texas A&M, too.
That’s a lot of names who should do a lot of damage in a league that is likely to be run-heavy yet again with most teams breaking in young or unproven quarterbacks. Ole Miss and Mississippi State have capable, if unproven, backs, and others could emerge, too.
But those players aren’t the only marquee runners in the talent-rich soils of the Southeast.
Backups everywhere could be household names on other teams across the country. From Knoxville to Baton Rouge and several stops in between, there are runners who won’t be the players to trot out with the first-teamers whom opponents must scheme around.
Opponents may gear up for a heavy dose of Fournette, but Derrius Guice is a superstar reserve. As soon as defenses get used to the beating they’re taking from the 6’4″, 240-pound Hurd, in comes fellow future NFL back Alvin Kamara.
Not sold that Chubb can return from last season’s torn anterior cruciate ligament? The Bulldogs have a 1,000-yard rusher in Sony Michel who’ll be ready not far into the season, too.
The list goes on and on. So, let’s take a closer look at those guys and more who are backups only because of the studs on the depth chart in front of them.
Source: Bleacher Report -SEC Football