Athlon’s Top 25 SEC running backs

It’s a weird list.  The top two backs are coming back from serious knee injuries that caused them to miss much or all of last season.  The third-ranked back didn’t start last season.  There’s only one player on the entire list who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year.  And that’s before you even get into the order of names there.

I’m not saying Athlon’s necessarily wrong, just that I’m not sure the conference is as strong at the position as it’s been recently.  Your thoughts?

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9 responses to “Athlon’s Top 25 SEC running backs

  1. Dante

    I like that LSU lapped Florida. I personally agree that Lattimore will be the best back in the SEC… for the 3 or 4 games he is healthy.

  2. William

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Kniles Davis, as that offense may be able to survive the Patrino crap. It also might implode horrificly. Lattimore will be a best, and my get some weight taken off his shoulders by Shaw. I think Malcome will make a bog impact if he keeps his head on straight. He and Crowell might become a nasty one-two punch. The LSU foursome will be the same as ever, probably. Maybe.

  3. gatorhater27

    Brandon Wilds is so good that he is in the Top 25 and is among the others to watch.

  4. Mayor of Dawgtown

    Ii definitely is a weird list. Lots of guys never come back completely from the types of leg injuries that Lattimore and Davis suffered. I’m betting the best back on this list is the new and improved Crowell.

  5. Cojones

    You think the 4th RB from LSU can beat Gurley?

  6. From our perspective, I’d note a couple of things. 1, Lattimore is reportedly making an excellent recovery. That could of course be spin, and you just never know with these leg injuries for RBs, but Lattimore is notoriously hard worker, so I’d imagine he’s putting everything into his rehab. 2, our schedule is very backloaded. I mean, it’s always backloaded, but at least we usually play you guys early in the season. This year we play all of our significant games well into the season. That means that we can probably lean on Miles and Wilds early on, and then move to running Lattimore as the feature back late. Or, at least, that’s what I would do if I were Spurrier.

  7. Bryant Denny

    You always hear how they work hard and say they are 100%, but in year two after the injury they admit they weren’t. Case in point: Donta Hightower.

    That being said, though, I hope he’s ready to go this year. He’s a good un.

    • Yeah, that’s fair enough. That could certainly end up being the case for him, even if he is working hard at his rehab. Which is why it’s good for us that we get a few tune-ups before the real fun starts in October.

    • Ubiquitous GA Alum

      Agree … We know that the recovery time for major surgeries has compressed. However, what used to be 18 months is now 9? That seems aggressive. Maybe the player can run a straight line, but cutting and switching his weight and accelerating … Don’t see that.