There’s been a resurgence in running backs in the SEC, and this year will continue that trend.
Here are the conference’s top five running backs.
Nick Chubb, Georgia (5-10, 220) — Chubb captivated fans last season by running for 14 touchdowns in only eight starts. He made a name for himself as a freshman and is a clear contender for the Heisman Trophy. Chubb is so confident in his own running game that he “don’t gotta advertise.”
Leonard Fournette, LSU (6-1, 230) — Fournette will be ready to take off behind an experienced O-line this season. As a Hurricane Katrina survivor, there’s no question what motivates this athletic powerhouse.
Derrick Henry, Alabama (6-3, 242) — Henry will be taking over T.J. Yeldon’s spot this season, and he’ll be up to the challenge. His work this offseason will set him apart and prove exactly why he’s one of the best, not only in the SEC, but also the country.
Alex Collins, Arkansas (5-11, 215) — Collins finished the past two seasons with more than 1,000 yards. With Jonathan Williams out for the season, Collins will have to handle Arkansas’ running game on his own.
Jalen Hurd, Tennessee (6-4, 240) — Hurd seems destined to live up to all of the hype in his sophomore season, adding 15 pounds in the offseason. With Alvin Kamara around to help, Tennessee’s running attack could be one of the best in the SEC.
By Kaitlin Long/Special for Atlanta Journal-Constitution