Columbiatribune.com lists the top 12 Big 12 Running Backs, the list SUCKSPosted: June 5, 2007
12. Chris Alexander, Texas A&M: These days, few teams employ a true fullback like Alexander. The 250-pound blocking back doesn’t get many carries, but he catches the occasional pass, including three for touchdowns last year.
11. Keith Totson, Oklahoma State: Running in the shadow of one of the league’s best backs – keep reading – Totson quietly put together an impressive freshman season last year, averaging almost 6 yards per carry.
10. Hugh Charles, Colorado: Charles has put together a solid career during what’s been an ugly few years for offense in Boulder. He’s carried the ball more than any other back in the league, but has scored only seven touchdowns.
9. James Johnson, Kansas State: It’s possible Johnson might not be the best back on K-State’s roster. The Wildcats waited until midway through the season to give Johnson and freshman Leon Patton extensive playing time last year, but the older Johnson has been a more polished blocker and receiver than Patton, who rushed for more yards and touchdowns last year. Expect them to split carries again this year, though Johnson is the expected starter.
8. Shannon Woods, Texas Tech: If he ever gets out of Mike Leach’s doghouse, Woods could build on a breakthrough sophomore season when he led the league in all-purpose yards. Kobey Lewis was Leach’s preferred back during the spring, but Woods was too productive to be a spectator.
7. Marlon Lucky, Nebraska: For the first time this fall, Lucky should be the featured back for Nebraska now that injuries and defections have depleted the backfield. His only 100-yard games have come against Nicholls State and Troy, but in two seasons, Lucky has carried the ball more than 18 times just once. Other than Texas Tech’s Woods, Lucky is the best receiving threat on this list.
6. Jorvorskie Lane, Texas A&M: At 275 pounds, Lane looks more like a nose tackle. He’s the best short-yardage runner in the country but nimble enough to serve as an every-down tailback. Here’s a great Lane statistic: On 29 third- and fourth-down carries last year, he either scored a touchdown or gained a first down 26 times.
5. Allen Patrick, Oklahoma: When Peterson went down last year, this rugged north-south runner actually improved Oklahoma’s running statistics. His style isn’t fancy – nor did he catch a pass last year – but he proved his toughness logging three consecutive games of 30-plus carries. Minor injuries broke him down late in the season.
4. Dantrell Savage, Oklahoma State: If not for Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, this junior college transfer should have been the league’s newcomer of the year in 2006. Only Peterson and Kansas’ Jon Cornish produced more 100-yard games than Savage’s five. The 5-9, 190-pound speedster didn’t get significant carries until midway through the season, but he made the most of his chances with 100-yard games against Texas A&M, Nebraska, Baylor, Texas Tech and Alabama in the Independence Bowl.
3. Tony Temple, Missouri: You can make a case that Temple’s 2006 rushing yardage – 1,063, more than any other returning Big 12 back – was skewed because of his 194-yard outburst against Oregon State in the Sun Bowl represented 18 percent of his season total. That doesn’t change the fact that Temple established himself as one of the league’s elite backs. He committed costly fumbles against Texas A&M and Oklahoma but overcame the other black mark on his résumé: For the first time in his career, Temple didn’t let injuries keep him on the sideline as he lugged the ball 15 or more times in eight games. He isn’t much of a receiving threat – just 22 career receptions – but remains as elusive and explosive as most backs on this list.
2. Jamaal Charles, Texas: Charles might never reproduce his brilliant 2005 season when he averaged almost 8 yards per carry. Last year, with McCoy replacing Vince Young at quarterback, defenses focused their attention on Charles. He logged more carries, but the explosive plays weren’t there, as he averaged 2 fewer yards per carry. Despite an offensive line that included two NFL draft picks, Charles’ only 100-yard game came in September against Rice. That was enough to keep him out of the top spot.
1. Mike Goodson, Texas A&M: How can a player with only one career 100-yard game and four touchdowns top this list? Just look what Goodson did last year in limited duty against A&M’s best competition: 10 carries for 127 yards against Oklahoma … 11 for 80 against Nebraska … 15 for 86 against Texas. Had fumble issues not kept Goodson on the bench early in the year, his breakthrough would have come sooner.
Best RB in the Big 12, DeMarco Murray, wake up people, he was the number 1 RB coming out of HS, (ESPN.com), he redshirted, has avged 11 a carry in spring ball. Okay don’t put him number 1, but have him in the Top 12. And Chris Brown is just HONORABLE MENTION? he’s not better than half those guys listed?
OU should have 3 players in the top 10.
Make that list in December, you would have 3 OU players on it. I guarantee it!
EDIT: Well its June 17th and CollegeFootballNews.com has its OU preview, and guess what they said about OU’s running backs?
Outlook… OU has three backs who could be First Team All-Big 12 performers with the full-time workload. Patrick, Allen and Murray were all superstar recruits, and they run like it. There’s an embarrassment of riches in the backfield in what should be one of the nation’s most effective ground games. Call if a perfect convergence of fast, talented backs working behind a tremendous line.