2014 SEC Preseason Position Rankings: Running Backs

Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

These guys are fast.

1. Alabama

It seems every year Bama has a strong running back but, "the guy behind him will be even better!" This could be the case again with T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry. Bama fans make Henry sound like the best player since Forrest Gump.

2. Georgia

While Bama has depth, Georgia has Todd Gurley. If junior Keith Marshall wasn't coming off a knee injury, this tandem would definitely be number one.

3. Arkansas

The Razorbacks' three horsemen will be a force to reckon with again this season. The wild card is obviously Korliss Marshall. We have a very small sample size with just over a dozen carries last season, but hopefully offensive coordinator Jim Chaney can find a way to get him at least 10 touches a game.

4. South Carolina

Mike Davis is a dark horse Heisman candidate for a lot of people. But for the Gamecocks, injury prone players behind him drop them to four.

5. Auburn

Tre Mason is gone, but don't overlook Cameron Artis-Payne.

6. LSU

They have the number one running back recruit coming in, along with two experience backs in Terrance McGee and Kenny Hilliard. If feels like Hilliard has been there since Gerry DiNardo was the coach.

7. Texas A&M

The Aggies don't seem to have a star, but they have a solid stable of backs that can do the job collectively.

8. Florida

There is talent here, but no one on the roster has really proven anything. After being the worst offense in the conference last year, their offense as a whole has a lot to prove.

9. Ole Miss

While I'Tavius Mathers may have an All-SEC name, I doubt anyone out of this group makes a post season All-Conference squad.

10. Missouri

Several people think Russell Hansbrough will break out this year, which he may have to if Maty Mauk has no one to throw to.

11. Mississippi State

LIke most positions, they return a lot of experience. However, Dak Precott will be their leading rusher and he doesn't play running back.

12. Tennessee

Merlin Lane is a senior, and he is pretty much all they got.

13. Kentucky

They return their leading rush this year, who is now a sophomore, in Jojo Kemp. The sad part is he lead the team with only 482 yards last season.

14. Vanderbilt

Basically because, you know, they're Vandy..

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