2017 Running Backs

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  1. TwentyTwo

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    Many years ago in the 90's one asked coach Bobby Bowden if he'd ever recruit a White Running back?? He scoffed & laughed it off. How many more coaches & recruiters have this same attitude?

    Documented that Christian McCaffrey wasn't taken that seriously at Summer Football Camps in HS by his NFL Dad...It took coach David Shaw giving him an opportunity...not sure any SEC coach had the stones to start McCaffrey at Tailback; he'd have likely been pigeon-holed into his Caste-appropriate Slot position.

    Peyton Hillis was only given the opportunity in the NFL to rush for 1,000 yards in a season because four other RB's were injured....Heisman Runner-up Toby Gerhart didn't pass ex USC coach Pete Carroll's "eye test" & would have been a Fullback . Those are just some of the examples...this trend continues & is a big reason why this thread is so thin...

    Ryan Nall (Jr.) 6'-2" 237....Oregon State....former Tight End/H-Back.... 1st full season as a starter (Soph./10 games) amassed 951 yards rushing & 13 TD's...nice blend of size & speed capable of taking it to the house anywhere on the field; had an 89 yard TD run vs. Wash. St! Rushed for 221 yards/ 3 TD's vs Cal ; had 8 receptions for 80 yards vs Minnesota
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    80 yard TD vs Cal...check out the burst at the 40 pulling away from smaller DB's


    Timothy McVey (Sr.) 5'-9" 190... Air Force.....Big-play threat rushed for 708 yards & 10 TD's his Jr. season...has 19 career rushing TD's; 18 career receptions for 500 yards (whopping 28 yd Avg!) 6 TD's
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    Cade Carney (Soph.) 5"-11" 215 ..Wake Forest....rushed for 589 yards & 6 TD's (including 100+ yard games vs Duke & Syracuse) as a Freshman; First freshman at school to start a game at RB in 65 years (missed three games due to injury)
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    AJ Ouellette (RS Jr.) 5'-9" 205.... Ohio U. former Walk-on...Led team in rushing in 2014' (785 yds/ 7 TD's) & 15' (691 yds & 6 TD's/started just 7 games)... missed 16' injury;....should be back at least to Split carries w last year's leading rusher Dorian Brown
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    Gordon Collins (RS Jr.) 6'-0 225....Richmond...Spiders' starting RB
    • Carried the ball 15 times for 113 yards and a TD in Richmond's thrilling 37-20 win over ACC foe Virginia to start the season (including out running early-round NFL DB prospect Quin Blanding for a 55 yard TD)
    • Suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the Spiders' second game against Norfolk State and missed the rest of the season
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    Hopefully this list can be added to... speedster Nathan Cottrell (Georgia Tech); Sean McGrew (Washington); Beau Bisharat (Colorado) & Cole Gest (Indiana) & several others will get an opportunity to make an impact & tote the rock!
     
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  2. chris371

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    Kinda sad, but the only white RB for a big time Team is Nall.
    On the plus side he has great speed for his size and Power. Definitely a promising NFL prospect. I hope some Team has the stones to draft and play him.
     
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  3. rockybleier

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    Andy Davidson----Watch all Army games guys......He's a tough runner......
    Dean good year last year.....Gets lots of carries.......
     
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  4. rockybleier

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    Damn good last year......

    Jake Funk-Maryland
    Sam Brodner-Wisconsin

    2 scholarship guys a little buried on the depth chart.....
    Most of you know these dudes......

    Ian Eriksen for Eastern Michigan had a lot of carries last year due to an injury
     
  5. rockybleier

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    Jack Wegher (Brandon's bro) at Purdue is another scholarship guy buried......
    Someone is going to climb the depth chart due in injury, ignorance or ineptness...
    On an Ivy note, I'm curious if the Pittsburgh kid will get some carries as a true freshman at Yale.......?????

    I'm a running back guy, I'll be watching all of these games and checking all box scores......
     
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  6. Deceptive Speed

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    RB to look out for in 2017-Mike Epstein (Fr.) 6'-0 190 Illinois....Expected to contribute and see carries as a true freshman. Ranked No. 58 running back in the nation by Scout!
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  7. Vanilla_Sky

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    Actually came in here to post about Epstein but coincidentally DS already hit the nail on it! Saw a depth chart projection released tonight that had him listed as the second string RB as a true frosh.

    Another Power 5 school guy who will be getting carries this year is Patrick Laird of Cal. The RS-Junior was awarded a scholarship this offseason and is competing for the number two spot behind the incumbent starter. The old coaching staff tried to convert him to fullback but he is now at his more appropriate tailback position.

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    Additionally, Cal also has Billy McCrary III on scholarship although he had fallen behind Laird on the depth chart and was recently ruled out for the 2017 season due to injury...

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