Posted: 2:15 pm Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

ESPN: Arkansas is new ‘Running Back U.’ 

By Andy Johnston

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Darren McFadden was a force at running back when he played at Arkansas. (AP photo)

Darren McFadden is one of the best running backs I’ve ever seen.

I still remember him thundering past me as I stood on the sideline at a couple of Arkansas games several years ago.

What a combination of power and speed. And injuries, which, unfortunately for him, have hampered his NFL career.

McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis, his teammates, gave the Razorbacks one of college football’s most feared backfields in the mid-2000s, one that has helped Arkansas claim the title as “Running Back U.” for the 2000s, according to ESPN.com.

Arkansas beat out Oklahoma, Alabama and Auburn in the new rankings.

ESPN devised a scoring system that assigned numbers to categories such as winning an award (10 points), being named an All-American and being a first-round NFL pick (both eight points).

So, using that formula, and with players such as Fred Talley, Cedric Cobbs, Knile Davis and Kiero Small, the Razorbacks shockingly finished ahead of Oklahoma (Adrian Peterson and Demarco Murray), Alabama (Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy) and Auburn, which has produced a talented group of RBs, including Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams, Rudi Johnson, Kenny Irons, Ben Tate and Tre Mason.

Don’t worry ‘Bama fans, the Tide is first in offensive linemen, thanks to Antoine Caldwell, Andre Smith, Mike Johnson, Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack and Cyrus Kouandjio, among others.

Oklahoma is “Quarterback U.” Southern California is “Wide Receiver U.” Miami is “Tight End U.

Other SEC and ACC teams can be found throughout the rankings.

FSU is No. 6 in OL rankings and No. 4 in QBs

Florida No. 5 in QBs

Auburn No. 6 in QBs.

Texas A&M No. 9 in QBs.

Miami No. 7 in the OL.

Virginia Tech No. 10 in RB.

LSU No. 2 in WR.

Clemson tied for No. 7 in WR.

Missouri is No. 3 in TE.

Georgia is No. 5 in TE.

 

 

12 comments
Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

BoomTown.....this is college not pro.  Who cares about the pro's.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

I thought UGA was running back U. since 1980?

BrownianMotion
BrownianMotion

florida is #5 in Qb??? have they ever had a QB do well in the nfl??

Gandolph
Gandolph

"Past performance is no guarantee of future results."


Or, in other words, this ESPN exercise and report is meaningless and not worthy of publication.

kerryb
kerryb

This makes no sense. What else would you expect from ESPN.

bhusted
bhusted

The link on the sports page says this:


That's an interesting spelling of Arkansas but someone probably should change it to the boring but usual spelling of that state. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

It might have been running toilet, i really can't remember.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@BoomTown 

"ESPN devised a scoring system that assigned numbers to categories such as winning an award (10 points), being named an All-American and being a first-round NFL pick (both eight points)"

Tim Tebow - 1st round draft pick, 2x All-American, Heisman Trophy, 2x Maxwell Award, .Davey O'Brien Award, 3x All-Sec, plus about 50 more awards - practically wins this on his own.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@BoomTown 


Florida has two Heisman Trophy winners since 1995 that played QB....in college..... not the NFL....and a bunch of QBs that have played in the NFL. And those two Heisman Trophy winning QBs both won national championships....while they played football in college.   

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Gandolph  some people are stuck at looking at what has been and assuming it will be that way in the future.  In their world the progression is linear.  If you are on the way up, you will continue that way and if you stumble a bit you will always stumble.


Great use of that quote, Gandolph.

BostonBullDawg
BostonBullDawg

@gtcaryd Remember all those great RB's at Tech?  There was that one...wait, no he played for Georgia.  Ok, but that other guy.  No, actually he was the QB way back in 1990.