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Best RB's in the SEC

Posted: 6/9/2014 9:48 AM

Best RB's in the SEC 


Thought it might be good to fill the summer lull with some football discussion, starting with the RB's.

Last year the SEC had some great QB's.  Almost all are gone now, and this year looks to be shaping up as the year of the running back.  The conference is absolutely loaded with quality backs, who's your favorite?

    Best SEC RB

  1. Poll closed on 06/16/2014
  2. TJ Yeldon, Alabama: 0 votes
  3. Todd Gurley, Georgia: 17 votes
  4. Mike Davis, South Carolina: 1 vote
  5. Alex Collins, Arkansas: 2 votes
  6. Derrick Henry, Alabama: 6 votes
  7. Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn: 0 votes
  8. Kelvin Taylor, Florida: 1 vote
  9. Russell Hansbrough, Missouri: 0 votes
  10. Trey Williams, A&M: 1 vote
  11. Leonard Fournette, LSU: 0 votes
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Posted: 6/9/2014 9:56 AM

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I couldn't list them all, guys like Corey Grant at AU, Jonathan Williams at Arkansas, and Kenyan Drake at Bama all showed in 2013 that they are quality backs.  I listed Fournette because he is the #1 recruit in the nation, many expect him to be great from the start.  There's also a couple of other highly rated freshmen, Jalen Hurd at Tennessee and Sony Michel at UGA.

I'm going with Gurley.  If he's healthy for the whole season, he'll have over 1500 yards and be in the mix for the Heisman.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 10:04 AM

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Gurley is very good when healthy, and they have depth so he can get some rest now and again.

I don't know if the OL will open holes or if the passing attack will remain dangerous, but we'll see.

I hate all over generalizations.

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Posted: 6/9/2014 12:07 PM

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Arkansas is loaded at RB, wish I could say the same for the rest of the team.  It was an interesting Spring.  Jonathan Williams had a great off-season.  He was the go to back at the end of last season, and he exited Spring as the solid #1.  Collins kind of wore down late last season, as freshmen will do.  Also, to the casual observer, it looked like Collins came back a little pudgy for Spring ball.  He was in Bielema's doghouse a bit, hopefully he'll trim up and shape up for Fall.

The surprise of Spring was Korliss Marshall.  He was MVP of the Red-White game, and he looked really impressive.  There was talk in the early off-season of moving him to the secondary, with Collins and Williams already looking good.  I think Bielema left him at RB in hopes of finding a big play threat, which the offense needed sorely last year.  Marshall can fill that role.  He's probably the fastest Hog, and he only has one speed, all-out.  The O-line looks really good, these guys should have some holes to run through.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 1:54 PM

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1 - Gurley
2 - Davis
3 - Yeldon
4 - Collins
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Posted: 6/9/2014 2:47 PM

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bamajoe wrote: 1 - Gurley
2 - Davis
3 - Yeldon
4 - Collins
I wouldn't be surprised to see Henry ahead of Yeldon, or Williams ahead of Collins.  Davis is critical for SC's success.  Spurrier has a tendency to ride his stud RB's too much.  An injury to Davis would throw the East wide open, I think.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 3:39 PM

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I don't necessarily disagree with you but Saban has a tendency to stick with what has worked in the past. Henry would have to get the carries so as to bypass Yeldon. FWIW if Drake did not fumble so much, he would be the best on our team. Yeldon was number 1 in the spring game and ran well.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 5:40 PM

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It's Gurley, and it's not close. The only question is health and for the purposes of this survey, we assume they're all healthy.

He fixes the cable?

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Posted: 6/9/2014 6:31 PM

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Gurley is hands down the best RB in the SEC when Healthy. But the question asked who's your favorite RB probly why some people didn't pick Gurly. There is alot of young RB's like Fournette that could but up good numbers this year too. 

1.Gurley
2.Davis
3.Yeldon

I think they are the only 3 returning starters that were in the top 15 in rushing yards , Yards per carry and rushing TD's.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 9:50 PM

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It's ridiculous that Fournette is listed for LSU but not Jalen Hurd at UT....outright biasness against everything UT.
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Posted: 6/9/2014 11:10 PM

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Personally, I don't think that any player who hasn't taken a college snap should be listed.

If i had to choose one RB and I knew he would be healthy all year it would be Gurley, without question and not because I'm a UGA fan.

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Posted: 6/10/2014 7:20 AM

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crunchimusmaximus wrote: It's ridiculous that Fournette is listed for LSU but not Jalen Hurd at UT....outright biasness against everything UT.
Maybe he had never heard of him.  Biasness?  Interesting.

Would you vote for Hurd were he an option?

I hate all over generalizations.

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Posted: 6/10/2014 7:22 AM

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crunchimusmaximus wrote: It's ridiculous that Fournette is listed for LSU but not Jalen Hurd at UT....outright biasness against everything UT.
Biasness?  And you teach English, really?

Hurd will certainly get his chance.  I listed Fournette because he's the #1 overall recruit in the nation, and I also think LSU's O-line will be better than UT's.  Common senseness.
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Posted: 6/10/2014 8:03 AM

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cincydawg4 wrote:
crunchimusmaximus wrote: It's ridiculous that Fournette is listed for LSU but not Jalen Hurd at UT....outright biasness against everything UT.
Maybe he had never heard of him.  Biasness?  Interesting.

Would you vote for Hurd were he an option?
I would.

He's a future U.F.A. and Pro-Bowler. He's got the eye of the tiger and the "it" factor.
U-Rah-Rah   Wis-Con-Sin
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Posted: 6/10/2014 8:05 AM

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847badgerfan wrote:
cincydawg4 wrote:
crunchimusmaximus wrote: It's ridiculous that Fournette is listed for LSU but not Jalen Hurd at UT....outright biasness against everything UT.
Maybe he had never heard of him.  Biasness?  Interesting.

Would you vote for Hurd were he an option?
I would.

He's a future U.F.A. and Pro-Bowler. He's got the eye of the tiger and the "it" factor.
Delusionalness
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Posted: 6/10/2014 10:04 AM

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crunchimusmaximus wrote: It's ridiculous that Fournette is listed for LSU but not Jalen Hurd at UT....outright biasness against everything UT.
Biasness?  And you teach English, really?

Hurd will certainly get his chance.  I listed Fournette because he's the #1 overall recruit in the nation, and I also think LSU's O-line will be better than UT's.  Common senseness.

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Posted: 6/10/2014 10:09 AM

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crunchimusmaximus wrote:

I can make ny own words...welcome to my world.

Ignoranceness.  confused
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Posted: 6/10/2014 10:15 AM

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Hey wait a minute! If UT gets to count Hurd then Auburn wants to include the third ranked RB in the country Racean Thomas. biggrin

With Nick Marshall, Corey Grant and Payne. Auburn returns 2,325 yards of rushing from last year. (This even with Mason now being gone)

Which is more rushing yards then UGA, Kent., UF and Vandy had as a teams last year.
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Posted: 6/10/2014 11:32 AM

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WDavE wrote: Hey wait a minute! If UT gets to count Hurd then Auburn wants to include the third ranked RB in the country Racean Thomas. biggrin

With Nick Marshall, Corey Grant and Payne. Auburn returns 2,325 yards of rushing from last year. (This even with Mason now being gone)

Which is more rushing yards then UGA, Kent., UF and Vandy had as a teams last year.
Subtract Bama's players that left, and their returning yards actually go up.  crazy

Also, this is a thread about RB's, hence the title of the thread.  Returning rushing yards from Rb's- 

Auburn 1377 (14 games) 98.3 ypg
Bama 2559 (13 games)  196.8 ypg
Arkansas 2104 (12 games) 175.3 ypg 

We'll get to the QB's WdavE, hold that Tiger.  pirate
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Posted: 6/10/2014 12:50 PM

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Mine was just a joke and picking on some here.....
Just wanted to stir the pot if you know what I mean....
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