Over the years, SEC fans have watched some of the best running back duos in college football. Hey, why stop with one quality running back when you can have two?
GN takes a look at the elite running back pairings that have dominated on the ground in SEC history.
This list is limited to running backs, so you won’t find combinations like Auburn in 2010 (Cam Newton and Michael Dyer) or Florida in 2007 (Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin) that include a quarterback.
The list also doesn’t include distinguished duos such as Kevin Long and Clarence Williams (South Carolina, 1975) and Greg Hill and Rodney Thomas (Texas A&M, 1992), who represented current SEC schools in years before they joined the conference.
Our criteria was a mix of production and sheer talent.
Here are the 20 best running back duos in SEC history.
20. Tennessee, 1994
Aaron Hayden and James “Little Man” Stewart had struggled to live up to the promise of fantastic freshman seasons in 1992 and ’93. During those years, they struggled to find playing time behind junior college transfer Charlie Garner. By the time 1994 rolled around, it was time for both seniors to shine.
The result: Big numbers. Hayden rushed 157 times for 819 yards, both career-highs. Stewart was even better: 170 carries, 1,028 yards and 11 touchdowns. Both earned draft selections in 1995, Stewart in the first round to Jacksonville and Hayden in the fourth to the San Diego Chargers.
The Vols, though, ended up finishing only 8-4 in 1994, plagued by quarterback issues. Injuries forced Phillip Fulmer to shuffle through Jerry Colquitt, future Colorado Rockies slugger Todd Helton and Branndon Stewart before he found his permanent solution at quarterback, a freshman named Peyton Manning.
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