The 2016 season will be the Year of the Running Back in college football.
Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and No. 4 overall draft pick Ezekiel Elliott may be off to the NFL, but the college ranks remain stocked with impact players at the position, thanks especially to the loaded recruiting class of 2014 that produced several star freshmen who are now junior Heisman candidates. Football may be in the midst of a passing age, but 63 FBS running backs rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. Thirty-nine of those players are back this season, to be joined by a host of rising stars and a few key players making comebacks from injuries.
Over the next several weeks, in preparation for the new season in September, Sports on Earth will be breaking down the best returning players in college football, position by position. These rankings are not NFL draft rankings. They are based on what players have accomplished and what kind of impact they are capable of making at the college level.
The series begins with the top 40 running backs, the position that will steal plenty of headlines this season. In a few cases, teammates are grouped together because their roles have been or may turn out to be similar. Several notable backs just missed the cut in this highly competitive year for the position, and they're listed at the bottom.
40. Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris, Alabama. Sure, the two totaled just 267 rushing yards between them last season as true freshmen, playing behind Heisman winner Derrick Henry, plus Kenyan Drake. But does anyone doubt that at least one of them will move way up this list by the end of the season? Both Scarbrough and Harris were five-star recruits in 2015, and one or both of their workloads is about to increase in a big way for a preseason top-five team that produces prolific running backs on a yearly basis under Nick Saban.
39. Matt Dayes, N.C. State. Halfway through the 2015 season, Dayes was well on his way to becoming the Wolfpack's first 1,000-yard rusher since T.A. McLendon in 2002. In eight games, he rushed for 865 yards and 12 TDs on 134 carries, averaging 6.5 yards per attempt. But then a toe injury prematurely ended his season. Now, the 5-foot-11, 213-pound Dayes is set to return as the centerpiece of N.C. State's offense with a new QB and new coordinator in his senior season.
38. Jahad Thomas, Temple. Size is a limitation for Thomas at 5-foot-10, 188 pounds, and his production declined in the second half of last season. Still, the senior is a dynamic, explosive playmaker when he gets the ball in space. He ran 276 times for 1,262 yards and 17 TDs and caught 22 passes for 216 yards, with five 100-yard rushing games. He's capable of dazzling when he avoids negative plays. Temple would be wise to move him around the formation and get the ball to him in a variety of ways.
37. Demario Richard, Arizona State. The Sun Devils' offenses since coach Todd Graham arrived have churned out productive multi-dimensional backs. While coordinator Mike Norvell is now the coach at Memphis, Arizona State will surely continue to get the ball to its backs in the passing game. Richard, a junior, will see competition for carries from Kalen Ballage, but he can continue to expect a lot of touches. Last season, he carried the ball 210 times for 1,104 yards and seven TDs and caught 31 passes for 303 yards and three TDs.
36. Ito Smith, Southern Miss. Smith split time with fellow 1,000-yard back Jalen Richard (who was a senior), and yet he still ranked 28th nationally in yards from scrimmage per game, rushing for 1,128 yards (6.6 per carry) and 10 TDs and catching 49 passes for 515 yards and three TDs. Smith is a shifty, explosive back who the Eagles can feed the ball from various positions, even if he's undersized at 5-foot-9, 195 pounds.
35. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee. Originally a blue-chip Alabama recruit, Kamara played a season of juco ball and ended up at Tennessee last year, forming an imposing one-two punch with Jalen Hurd. Kamara is the backup, but the 5-foot-10, 215-pound junior can be an impact player too. In that complementary role in the backfield -- remember, QB Joshua Dobbs also gets a lot of carries -- Kamara ran 107 times for 698 yards and seven TDs and caught 34 passes for 291 yards and three TDs.
34. Leon Allen, Western Kentucky. While the Hilltoppers lose prolific QB Brandon Doughty, Allen was granted a sixth year after a devastating knee injury early last season. If he makes a full recovery -- he sat out the spring -- he'll return to form a potent backfield duo with Anthony Wales, who ran for 1,091 yards in his place. As a junior in 2014, the 6-foot, 235-pound Allen ran 272 times for 1,542 yards and 13 TDs, including 345 yards vs. Army and 237 yards vs. Marshall. He also caught 51 passes for 476 yards, making him a valuable weapon for an explosive offense. According to Sports-Reference, Allen is one of only three players since 2000 to finish a season with more than 1,500 yards rushing and 50 catches, joining Boise State's Jay Ajayi (2014) and Wisconsin's Brian Calhoun (2005).
33. Qadree Ollison, Pittsburgh. With star James Conner sidelined last season, Ollison stepped in and shined as a redshirt freshman. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound former three-star recruit grinded out 1,121 yards and 11 TDs on 212 carries behind a stellar Pitt offensive line. He moves well for a big back and has shown patience and vision to give Pitt a talented option alongside Conner, who may return to the lineup this fall after announcing on Monday that he is cancer-free.
32. LJ Scott, Michigan State. One play as a freshman will allow Scott to forever be remembered by Michigan State fans: With the Big Ten title and a playoff bid on the line, the Spartans trailing Iowa by four on third-and-goal with 33 seconds left, Scott took a handoff to the right and was stood up at the one-yard line by two defenders, only to keep driving his legs, spin toward the end zone and reach the ball over the goal line for the win. Scott was the top back in a three-player committee last season, teaming with Gerald Holmes and Madre London -- both of whom are back in 2016 -- in the Spartans backfield. A four-star recruit, the 6-foot, 238-pound Scott ran 146 times for 699 yards and 11 TDs, and he should see his workload increase as a sophomore.
31. Elijah McGuire, Louisiana-Lafayette. McGuire's production went south with the rest of the Ragin' Cajuns, who fell to 4-8 after four straight 9-4 seasons. McGuire averaged 7.6 yards per carry and caught 45 passes in 2014; last year, he ran 209 times for 1,047 yards and 13 TDs, averaging 5.0 yards per carry, and caught 34 passes for 304 yards and three TDs. He received an increased workload last season, just as the Ragin' Cajuns' production as a whole decreased. Still, McGuire is a dangerous multi-purpose weapon with quick feet, giving him the ability to be one of the nation's most dynamic players if he gets the ball in space.
30. Marcus Cox, Appalachian State. Part of a stellar crop of returning Sun Belt tailbacks, Cox helped fuel another excellent season for the Mountaineers after their leap to the FBS level. A 5-foot-10, 200-pound senior Cox has rushed for over 1,400 yards each of the last two seasons, with 243 carries for 1,423 yards and nine TDs in 2015. If Appalachian State upsets either Tennessee (on the road) or Miami (at home) in the first three weeks of the season, Cox will be a big reason why.
29. Brian Hill, Wyoming. Hill broke out halfway through his freshman season, when he 281 yards vs. Fresno State and over 120 yards in four of his last five games. Last year, Hill became the focal point of the Cowboys' offense, rushing 281 times for 1,631 yards and six TDs, including four games of over 200 yards. He may see his share of carries drop with Shaun Wick bouncing back from an injury-marred season, but the 6-foot-1, 219-pound Hill gives former North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl an exciting weapon as he attempts to take a step forward after a rough first two seasons in Laramie.
28. Joe Mixon, Oklahoma. A five-star recruit in 2014, Mixon was suspended his entire true freshman season after being charged with misdemeanor assault for hitting a woman in the face. Upon returning to the team last season, Mixon played a complementary role behind Samaje Perine, rushing 113 times for 753 yards (6.7 per carry) and seven TDs and catching 28 passes for 356 yards and four TDs.
27. Tarean Folston and Josh Adams, Notre Dame. Folston was an emerging star in 2014, when he took charge of the Fighting Irish running game as a sophomore by rushing 175 times for 889 yards and six TDs. However, he made it only three carries into 2015 thanks to a torn ACL in Week 1 against Texas. The injury happened early enough in the season that the 5-foot-9, 214-pound Folston should be ready to go for the Irish in 2016, forming an enticing tandem with Adams, who rushed 116 times for 838 yards and six TDs behind C.J. Prosise, averaging 7.2 yards per carry as a true freshman.
26. D'Onta Foreman, Texas. The Longhorns haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Jamaal Charles ran for 1,619 yards in 2007. With freshman QB Shane Buechele possibly in line to start in new coordinator Sterlin Gilbert's wide-open offense, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Longhorns try to lean on their more proven running game, especially if the line finally takes a step forward. Foreman is a 6-foot, 241-pound junior ran for 681 yards on just 95 carries in 10 games last season, averaging 7.2 yards per carry with three runs of more than 60 yards. He had four 100-yard games -- including vs. TCU and Oklahoma -- and while Chris Warren will get carries, with Johnathan Gray gone, Foreman should move into the lead role as surprisingly nimble and smooth runner for a back of his size.
25. Nick Wilson, Arizona. Wilson was part of the phenomenal freshman running back class of 2014, but injuries have derailed his career. As a freshman, he ran 236 times for 1,375 yards and 16 TDs in 13 games despite dealing with a midseason ankle injury. Last year, the 5-foot-10, 215-pound Wilson was limited to 133 carries for 725 yard and eight TDs in nine games, with very little production in the second half of the season because of foot and knee injuries. With Jared Baker gone, the Wildcats are counting on a healthy Wilson to help them rebound from a 3-6 Pac-12 campaign after winning the South Division the previous year.
24. Justin Jackson, Northwestern. Jackson was held back by one of the nation's worst passing games last season, but his career got off to a fantastic start with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. As a sophomore, Jackson ran 312 times for 1,418 yards and five TDs while catching 21 passes. He averages only 4.5 yards per carry, but given his quick feet, expect that number to rise if the Wildcats can find some sort of consistency in the passing game and open up the offense a bit, rather that relying almost solely on handing the ball to the 190-pound Jackson 25 or 30 times per game.
23. Sony Michel, Georgia. Michel was actually rated a few spots higher as a recruit than Nick Chubb, although both were five-star prospects. Chubb emerged as the clear No. 1 back for Georgia, but when he went down, Michel filled in admirably the second half of last season. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound junior ran 219 times for 1,161 yards and eight TDs, and he caught 26 passes for 270 yards. Even if Chubb is 100 percent this season, Michel will serve a key role in helping to manage Chubb's touches, as well as continuing to be a big factor in the passing game.
22. Marlon Mack, South Florida. The Bulls' offense finally found life in the Willie Taggart era behind the dangerous combination of Mack and QB Quinton Flowers. Mack improved upon a stellar freshman season by rushing 210 times for 1,381 yards and eight TDs, averaging 6.6 yards per carry, as the Bulls made their first bowl since 2010. Mack ran for over 100 yards in eight of his last nine games, including 230 yards against the stingy Temple defense. His return is a big reason why USF may be favored to win the AAC East.
21. Justin Davis and Ronald Jones II, USC. It's hard to separate the two at this point. Davis started eight games as a junior, led USC in carries and ran for 141 yards vs. Oregon and 130 yards vs. UCLA late in the season. But he may not have any sort of hold on the starting job thanks to Jones, a sophomore. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Davis finished the season with 169 carries for 902 yards and seven TDs, while the 6-foot, 185-pound Jones ran 153 times for 987 yards and eight TDs, averaging a yard more per carry as a freshman. USC will be breaking in a new QB, but in addition to boasting top talent at receiver, it has a two-headed monster at tailback.
20. Corey Clement, Wisconsin. Despite a coaching change, and despite a rebuilding offensive line, Clement appeared primed for a breakout season last year. He rushed for 949 yards on just 147 carries behind Heisman finalist Melvin Gordon in 2014, and with Gordon gone, Clement was ready for the spotlight last season. However, he ended up playing in just four games, as he underwent sports hernia surgery early in the season, and he also missed a game in November after a disorderly conduct citation. Clement is ready for a turnaround. Paul Chryst's team almost always have great lines, and the Badgers should rebound in that department to help spur a big year for Clement, even if it's a year later than expected.
19. Kareem Hunt, Toledo. Hunt's 2015 season did not go as planned, but he'll have another shot at stardom for a Rockets team with MAC title aspirations. As a sophomore in 2014, Hunt averaged eight yards per carry, rushing for 1,631 yards and 16 TDs in only 10 games, with at least 100 yards in every game and over 250 in two of his last three. Last season, he was again limited to 10 games -- he was suspended for one and also had a hamstring injury -- and this time he ran 178 times for 973 yards and 12 TDs, averaging 5.5 per carry. Hunt did go on a tear in November in the heart of MAC play, though, and he elected to return for his senior season to try to recapture that sophomore magic as a smooth, balanced runner with patience and vision.
18. Jeremy McNichols, Boise State. The Broncos are not afraid to give their running backs heavy workloads in both the running and passing games. They did it with Jay Ajayi, and now they're doing it with McNichols. While rising star QB Brett Rypien will be seen as the centerpiece of the offense, there's no question that coach Bryan Harsin will continue to heavily feature McNichols, a 5-foot-9, 207-pound junior who carried the ball 240 times for 1,337 yards and 20 TDs and caught 51 passes for 460 yards and six TDs in 12 games, making him one of the top receiving backs in the nation. According to Sports-Reference, McNichols was one of five running backs to post 1,000 yards rushing and catch over 40 passes, joining Ito Smith, Christian McCaffrey, Tyler Ervin and DeAndre Washington.
17. Mike Warren, Iowa State. Warren has been a much-needed bright spot for the Cyclones, emerging as a redshirt freshman to carry the ball 227 times for 1,339 yards and five TDs, including 245 yards vs. Texas Tech and 195 vs. Kansas State. The Cyclones have some talent at receiver, but it's clear that Warren should be the centerpiece of new coach Matt Campbell's offense. The 6-foot, 200-pound sophomore is a speedy, decisive runner who gets downhill in a hurry.
16. Myles Gaskin, Washington. A three-star recruit, Gaskin emerged as Washington's bell-cow back as a 5-foot-10, 193-pound true freshman. Despite playing behind a rebuilding offensive line, alongside a true freshman quarterback, Gaskin ran for 1,302 yards and 14 TDs on 227 carries, putting up over 100 yards in seven of his last nine games. Gaskin has a small frame for a heavy workload, but he's a tough, hard runner with elusiveness and quickness, capable of changing directions quickly and bursting through tight holes.
15. Matt Breida, Georgia Southern. The Eagles' offense has taken the FBS by storm, leading the nation in yards per carry each of the last two seasons. Coach Willie Fritz left for Tulane, but the Eagles can keep running wild behind Breida and QBs Favian Upshaw and Kevin Ellison. As a junior, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Breida ran 203 times for 1,608 yards and 17 TDs, averaging 7.9 yards per carry. He slowed down late in the season, but he's a dynamic player who's an explosive playmaker when he gets into the open field.
14. Larry Rose III, New Mexico State. The Sun Belt offensive player of the year, Rose carried the Aggies on his back. He finished seventh in the nation in rushing yards per game, carrying the ball 240 times for 1,651 yards (6.9 per carry) and 14 TDs and rushing for over 200 yards three times. He also caught 30 passes for 283 yards. The 5-foot-11, 184-pound junior began his career with over 1,000 yards as a freshman, making him one of the most overlooked dynamic talents in college football.
13. Shock Linwood and Johnny Jefferson, Baylor. Linwood wasn't a part of Baylor's 645-yard rushing onslaught against North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl because of an injury, but we shouldn't forget how productive he has been. He has rushed for 3,462 yards and 34 touchdowns in three seasons, and last year he averaged 6.8 yards per carry, putting up 1,329 yards on 196 attempts. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound senior did slow down late last season and has run into some injury trouble, but his production speaks for itself, as he's terrific at taking advantage of the space that Baylor's offense creates. The Bears will undoubtedly divide carries between Linwood and Jefferson, who stepped in to carry the ball 23 times for 299 yards and three TDs against UNC, allowing him to hit exactly 1,000 yards for the season despite serving as a backup. He carried the ball136 times during the season, but he also ran for 121 yards against Lamar and 158 against Texas. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound junior has earned a place in a rotation with Linwood after averaging 7.4 yards per rush.
12. James Conner, Pittsburgh. Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma last fall, but after completing treatment in early May, he revealed the best news of the year on Monday, announcing that he is now cancer-free.
God is AMAZING. Just got the call that my body is clean of cancer!!! Been a long road but God had my back. Thanks everyone who said prayers!- James Conner ️ (@JamesConner_) May 23, 2016
Connor had previously missed nearly the entire 2015 season because of a knee injury. If Connor is back, he has the ability to be one of the nation's best players. Prior to his health issues, Conner was named 2014 ACC player of the year after rushing for 1,765 yards and 26 TDs on 298 carries, with three 200-yard games.
11. Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State. The Aztecs are an old-school ground-and-pound team, and they have leaned heavily on Pumphrey, who has shouldered a huge workload at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds. In three seasons, he has 710 carries for 4,272 yards and 45 TDs and 72 catches for 808 yards and five TDs. In that time, only Navy QB Keenan Reynolds had more rushing attempts. Pumphrey cracked the 300-carry mark in 14 games last season, and with fellow 1,000-yard rusher Chase Price gone, Pumphrey will continue to be the focal point of a team that is expected to compete for a New Year's Six bowl bid after winning the Mountain West last season. He'll easily pass Marshall Faulk to become San Diego State's all-time leading rusher this season.
10. Jalen Hurd, Tennessee. A blue-chip recruit in the class of 2014, Hurd hasn't quite matched the incredible production of some of his peers from that freshman class, but he's an athletic freak -- just watch his ridiculous treadmill running videos -- poised to finally break through as a star, especially if Tennessee's offensive line can take a step forward. At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Hurd is built like a tight end or a linebacker. He managed to hold of Alvin Kamara as the Vols' lead runner last season, carrying the ball 277 times for 1,288 yards and 12TDs. He's also a dangerous receiver, with 57 catches in two seasons. While he averaged only 4.7 yards per carry, he got hot down the stretch, rushing for at least 120 yards in the Vols' final three games against excellent Missouri, Vanderbilt and Northwestern defenses.
9. Elijah Hood, North Carolina. The Tar Heels led the nation in yards per play last season, and Hood was a big reason why. A four-star recruit in 2014, the 6-foot, 220-pound Hood thrived in his first season as starter, rushing for 1,463 yards and 17 TDs on 219 carries to average 6.7 yards per attempt. Only Dalvin Cook and Shock Linwood averaged more yards per carry among Power Five backs with 150-plus carries than Hood, a hard-running, powerful back who has displayed breakaway speed.
8. Wayne Gallman, Clemson. Gallman understandably took a backseat to Deshaun Watson's Heisman campaign, but he had a breakout season as a sophomore, becoming a hard-running, steady presence who perfectly complemented Watson in the Tigers' backfield. He carried the ball 283 times for 1,527 yards and 13 TDs in 14 games, with his two highest rushing totals coming in the ACC title game (187) and Orange Bowl (150). He especially wore down Oklahoma in that playoff game, making this Clemson offense even harder to defend, with Gallman's inside running teaming with Watson's big arm and agile outside running.
7. Saquon Barkley, Penn State. Whether it was spin moves, leaping over defenders or various explosive cuts, Barkley racked up an impressive highlight reel during his true freshman season, emerging as a star despite Penn State's issues along the offensive line. Despite injury trouble and limited playing time when the season began, and despite the fact that defenses began loading the box against him in the second half of the year, Barkley ran for 1,076 yards and seven TDs on 182 carries and caught 20 passes for 161 yards and a TD. In his first two Big Ten starts, he ran for 195 yards vs. Rutgers and 194 yards at Ohio State. The 5-foot-11, 219-pounder made headlines this offseason with his weight-room work, and with his combination of strength and lateral quickness, he'll be the focal point of the up-tempo system under new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead.
6. Samaje Perine, Oklahoma. After a brilliant freshman season in which he ran for 1,713 yards, including an FBS-record 427 yards vs. Kansas, there were some questions about Perine's workload in 2015, with new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley stepping in and five-star prospect Joe Mixon joining the lineup. Perine had a somewhat slow first half of the season as a sophomore, but he took over down the stretch, with big rushing totals in Oklahoma's three biggest Big 12 games. He ultimately ran for 1,349 yards and 16 TDs on 226 carries, averaging six yards per carry as a relentless runner with a powerful 5-foot-10, 234-pound frame. Oklahoma is capable of spreading the field and has a Heisman candidate mobile QB in Baker Mayfield, with Perine able to deliver punishment up the middle.
5. Royce Freeman, Oregon. Named a second-team All-American by the FWAA, Freeman still feels a bit underrated nationally because of how talented his running back class is, thus overshadowing him. The 5-foot-11, 230-pound junior ranks fourth in rushing over the last two years, according to Sports-Reference, with his 3,203 yards ranking behind only Ezekiel Elliott, Donnel Pumphrey and Derrick Henry. Last season, Freeman ran 283 times for 1,838 yards and 17 TDs (6.5 per carry) and caught 26 passes for 348 yards and two TDs. Oregon has plenty of playmakers, but Freeman is the clear leader of the offense, a powerful runner with deceptive speed who delivers in a big way on a weekly basis, with over 100 yards in 11 of 13 games in 2015.
4. Nick Chubb, Georgia. In the first five games last season, Chubb picked up right where he left off as a freshman, when he was pressed into action with Todd Gurley suspended and then injured. Chubb ran for 1,547 yards while starting eight games in 2014, and last season he began with at least 120 yards and seven yards per carry in his first five. And then he became the latest in an unfortunates trend of high-profile injuries. Chubb badly injured his knee early in the Tennessee game on Oct. 10, ending his season. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound junior has started 14 games in his career, and he has rushed for 2,294 yards with an average of 7.4 yards per carry. He packs a punch and has impossibly quick feet to run with a low center of gravity, making bringing him down on first contact one of the toughest tasks in college football. His status for 2016 isn't certain yet, but reports have him ahead of schedule in his rehab. If he's 100 percent, he's capable of being No. 1 on this list and making a run at the Heisman Trophy.
3. Dalvin Cook, Florida State. The most explosive running back in college football, Cook has dazzled for the Seminoles despite not being 100 percent for much of his last season. He has had hamstring, ankle and shoulder issues, making durability a concern moving forward, but he had 13 carries of 30 yards or more last year, according to cfbstats.com, and he finished the year with 229 carries for 1,691 yards and 19 TDs and 24 catches for 244 yards and a TD. No Power Five tailback can match his combination of workload and explosive playmaking ability, as shown by his average of 7.4 yards per rush. Cook is not huge at 5-foot-11, 206 pounds, but he has enough power and, more importantly, is unstoppable in the open field with breakaway speed and elusiveness.
2. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford. McCaffrey finished second in the Heisman race behind Derrick Henry, and he should have won the award. The son of former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey, he set the FBS single-season all-purpose yards record, excelling as a runner (337 carries for 2,019 yards and eight TDs), receiver (45 catches for 645 yards and five TDs) and returner (28.9 yards per kick return, two total return TDs). Nobody in the country had the ball in his hands more than McCaffrey, who grinded out yards and dazzled in the open field. He had three 200-yard rushing games, and he ended his season with 312 yards from scrimmage (rushing plus receiving) against USC and 277 in the Rose Bowl vs. Iowa. McCaffrey is capable of being a chain-mover for the Cardinal's powerful offense, and when he gets into space, few players can match his playmaking ability.
1. Leonard Fournette, LSU. The best pure running back in college football. Fournette went to LSU with gargantuan expectations, drawing comparisons to Adrian Peterson. After a strong freshman season, he delivered on his potential as a sophomore, jumping out as the Heisman frontrunner for two months before LSU ran into trouble in November. In 12 games, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound New Orleans native ran 300 times for 1,953 yards and 22 TDs, averaging 6.5 yards per carry. He embarrassed Auburn in a 228-yard performance in Week 2, the first of four 200-yard performances. He's a monster, a bruising runner with absurd breakaway speed for a back of his size. He also made an impact in the passing game, catching 19 passes for 253 yards. Fournette is a game-changer, the type of back who does everything in the running game at a high level. He would have rushed for 2,000 yards had LSU not had a game canceled, and he's probably going to rush for 2,000 yards this fall.
Honorable Mention: Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan; Joel Bouagnon, Northern Illinois; James Butler, Nevada; LeShun Daniels, Iowa; Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan; Derrius Guice, LSU; Paul Harris, Hawaii; Jon Hilliman, Boston College; Soso Jamabo, UCLA; Aaron Jones, UTEP; Markell Jones, Purdue; Travon McMillian, Virginia Tech; Arkeel Newsome, Connecticut; Jacobi Owens, Air Force; Devine Redding, Indiana; Jovon Robinson, Auburn; Rushel Shell, West Virginia; De'Veon Smith, Michigan; Roc Thomas, Auburn; Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt; Boom Williams, Kentucky; Joe Williams, Utah; Joseph Yearby, Miami