Athlon Sports ranked the top 50 running back units for 2016 and it should come as no surprise that LSU earned the No. 1 ranking.
Leonard Fournette and the LSU ground attack were rarely held in check last season. Fournette — the nation’s most talented running back — rushed for a school-record 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns on 300 carries in 2015. Only two opponents held Fournette under 100 yards, and his 162.8-yards-per-game average was the best in the nation. Derrius Guice was a four-star prospect in the 2015 signing class and rushed for 436 yards and three scores as Fournette’s backup last year. Guice would be the primary ball carrier at almost every other school. There's plenty of depth behind Guice and Fournette, as sophomore Nick Brossette is on track in his recovery from a torn ACL last season, and 233-pound junior Darrel Williams is another option for coordinator Cam Cameron.
Oklahoma took the No. 2 spot, followed by Florida State, Stanford and Oregon at 3, 4 and 5 respectively.
Two other SEC teams landed in the top 10 with Georgia at No. 6 and Tennessee at No. 7.
Fournette, Guice, Brossette and Williams will get to show why they are No. 1 on Saturday, Sept. 3 against Wisconsin.
The Badgers earned the No. 15 spot on the top 50 and are led by running back Corey Clement, who is returning from hernia surgery.
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