We continue our series of SEC player rankings (quarterbacks were first) by looking at running backs. And, as usual, the SEC is filled with them.
The SEC has eight returning 1,000-yard running backs, the most of any league, and 12 of the 14 teams (all but Mississippi State and Ole Miss) have a legit shot at having a 1,000-yard running back this fall.
In addition, the SEC is filled with big-time running back duos (especially Alabama, Auburn and Georgia).
Here are the SEC running back rankings for the 2017 season.
1. LSU’s Derrius Guice
Particulars: 5 feet 11, 212 pounds, junior
Recruiting background: 4-star prospect in 2015 signing class, from Baton Rouge (La.) Baton Rouge Catholic
The skinny: Guice was a national top-50 prospect in the 2015 signing class, but he spent most of that fall on the bench watching Leonard Fournette run wild. Guice had just 51 carries in ’15 and he went into last season projected as maybe a 100-carry guy behind Fournette. But Fournette was nagged by injuries for much of the season, and Guice took advantage of the opportunity. Guice rushed for 1,387 yards (first in the league) and 15 TDs (second), and had six 100-yard games, including five with at least 150. Included were a 252-yard explosion against Arkansas – on just 21 carries – and an incredible 285-yard, four-TD masterpiece against Texas A&M. Guice doesn’t have elite speed, but he does reach top speed quickly and still can run away from folks; he also has excellent balance.
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