February 25th, 2014 12:00 PM║ Posted By: Josh Ward ║ Permalink
Tags: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Heisman Trophy, Jalen Hurd Tennessee, Keith Marshall, LSU, NFL, Roc Thomas Auburn, SEC, Sony Michel Georgia, Sugar Bowl, Tre Mason
This was a difficult group to rank.
The SEC signed some of the nation’s top talent at running back, which is expected to happen each year. The 2014 class is no different.
The biggest upset of the list: Alabama isn’t represented. That doesn’t mean the Crimson Tide failed to sign a top back. Bo Scarbrough is one of the nation’s best and should make a big impact at Alabama.
His absence here shows the strength of the SEC’s 2014 running back class.
Here are the top five running back signees in the SEC in the 2014 class.
1. Leonard Fournette – LSU
Fournette (6-1, 224) is already talking about winning the Heisman Trophy his freshman season at LSU. He also mentioned the national championship as a goal for year one. Those are high expectations for a guy who’s still in high school, but there’s a reason he believes it. The hype surrounding Fournette has exploded. With Jeremy Hill gone to the NFL, Fournette will have a chance to start at LSU right away. He expects it to happen.
2. Sony Michel – Georgia
Michel has it all. He has size (5-10, 205) to go with his speed, which makes him a dangerous threat every time he touches the ball. Michel will have a chance to help Georgia right away. Todd Gurley will return for his junior year, but Keith Marshall is still recovering from a knee injury. Gurley won’t be able to do it all by himself.
3. Roc Thomas – Auburn
Thomas seems like the perfect replacement for Tre Mason, who left Auburn early for the NFL draft. Thomas (5-11, 202) is a big-play talent who will be able to help the Tigers as a runner and receiver. Auburn made a move for Thomas before in-state rival Alabama did. The move paid off for the Tigers.
4. Jalen Hurd – Tennessee
Did you see Derrick Henry against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl? Tennessee hopes Hurd (6-3, 227) can run like Henry (6-3, 238) from day one. Hurd enrolled early at Tennessee and will battle for the starting position this fall. He should be the home run back Tennessee’s offense has lacked in recent years.
5. Nick Chubb – Georgia
Chubb (5-10, 215) already looks like an SEC running back. He’ll have plenty of competition when he arrives on campus thanks to the Georgia running backs mentioned above. But Chubb has plenty of ability and at the very least can help the Bulldogs fight for tough yards. He has everything needed to be an every-down back in the SEC.
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