Faculty soccer’s high ten RBs for the 2021 season
1. TANK BIGSBY, AUBURN
A true newbie to 2020, Bigsby hit the college scene by carrying the ball 138 times for 834 yards (6.0 yards per carry) with five touchdowns. Although he wasn’t a factor in the receiving game with only 11 catches for 84 yards, Bigsby also returned kicks for the Tigers. In 13 kickoff returns, Bigsby was 306 yards, an average of 23.5 yards per return. Prior to Auburn, Bigsby was a four-star recruit to 247Sports Composite of Hogansville, Georgia. He was also number 4 in the 2020 recruiting class. Charles Power of 247Sports gave him a professional comparison to Derrius Guice and projected him as the second or third round NFL draft pick.
“The 2020 four-star recruit, ranked 40th nationwide according to 247Sports, was easily one of the elusive ball carriers in college football last year,” Treash wrote. “His strong contact balance was fully demonstrated when he scored the fifth most broken tackles per attempt (0.34) in the FBS.”
2. DEUCE VAUGHN, KANSAS STATE
Don’t let Vaughn’s size fool you. The five-foot-five rewind was also a true newbie last year, adding to both the running and passing game for the state of Kansas. In 10 games, Vaughn made a total of 123 transfers for 642 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns. He also caught 25 passes for 434 yards (17.4 yards per catch) and two touchdowns. Prior to Kansas State, Vaughn was a three-star recruit to 247Sports Composite of Round Rock, Texas. He was also number 16 in the 2020 recruiting class.
“Only Michael Carter of Vaughn and North Carolina received marks above 85.0 as 2020 both runners and recipients, “wrote Treash.” With his mixture of speed and agility, Vaughn can lead the souls of defenders in the open. “
3. KENNEDY BROOKS, OKLAHOMA
Brooks, one of the nation’s top running backs, was forced to leave the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. In its first two seasons in 2018 and 2019, Brooks had a total of 274 transfers for 2,067 yards (7.5 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns. He has also caught 20 passes for 136 yards in the 24 games. Prior to joining the Sooners, Brooks was a 247Sports Composite four-star recruit and number 16 in the 2017 recruiting class.
“Brooks was the third highest ball carrier in the FBS from 2018 to 2019, establishing himself as one of the biggest threats to runaways in that position,” Treash wrote. “No FBS running back has consumed 10 or more yards at a rate higher than Brooks (23.4%) in that period. He’s not electrifying speed, but he’s elusive and fights by contact as well as anyone else. “
4. BRIAN ROBINSON JR., ALABAMA
Robinson Jr., who served as a substitute for his last four seasons at the Crimson Tide, will take advantage of the extra year granted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and return for his fifth year as a starter. In four years and 41 games to date, Robinson Jr. has made 274 transfers for 1,361 yards (5.0 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns. Prior to Alabama, Robinson Jr. was a 247Sports Composite four-star recruit from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was also number 8 in the 2017 recruiting class.
“The 2020 season was his best so far, as he recorded a rushing score of 89.5 with 91 broadcasts – the eleventh best in the FBS,” wrote Treash. “Robinson runs fiercely and will be one of the hardest guys to fall in 2021. He averaged over 4.0 meters per attempt after contact and broke 23 tackles in 2020.”
5. JERRION EALY, OLE MISS
Ealy has two years of experience with Ole Miss as he enters his junior year in 2021. In 21 games so far, Ealy has completed 251 carries for 1,467 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns. He has also caught 35 passes for 327 yards (9.3 yards per catch) and two touchdowns. He’s also returning kickoffs for the Rebels, a total of 23 returns for 606 yards (26.3 yards per return) and two touchdowns in his first two seasons. Prior to joining the Rebels, Ealy was a 247Sports Composite five-star recruit from Flowood, Mississippi. He was also number 3 in the 2019 recruiting class.
“Ealy was a four-star recruit from 2019 who didn’t put up monstrous boxing score numbers in 2020, but he kept coming up and getting the job done,” Treash wrote. “He was the sixth highest runner in the Power Five at 90.0 and had 147 transfers without fumbling the soccer ball, the second highest in the nation.”
6. BREECE HALL, IOWA STATE
Hall led all running backs in rushing yards last season, a total of 1,572 yards for 279 carry (5.6 yards per carry). He also scored 21 touchdowns on the ground. During his first season in 2019, Hall had 186 carry for 897 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns. In two seasons and 24 games so far, Hall has also made 46 receptions for 432 yards (9.4 yards per catch) and three points. Prior to joining the Cyclones, Hall was a 247Sports Composite four-star recruit from Wichita, Kansas. He was also number 22 in the 2019 recruiting class.
“The declining state of Iowa has the explosiveness to increase this high rate and has proven multiple times that it has the ability to do something out of nothing,” Treash wrote. “Among the 68 FBS defenders with a total of at least 50 broadcasts they were exposed to behind the scenes in 2020, Hall took third place in the PFF rushing class.”
7. MAX BORGHI, WASHINGTON STATE
Borghi will return in 2021 after playing only one game in 2020 due to injury. In his first two seasons in 2018 and 2019, Borghi raced 199 times for 1,183 yards (6.0 yards per carry) and 19 touchdowns. He was also productive in the passing game, scoring 139 passes for 971 yards (7.0 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns in 26 games in his first and second seasons. Prior to Washington state, Borghi was a three-star recruit to 247Sports Composite of Arvada, Colorado. He was also number 16 in the 2018 recruiting class.
“Borghi was the first in the nation with 26 first down / touchdown receptions in Mike Leach’s airstrike in 2019,” Treash wrote. “He also scored the lowest drop rate among FBS backs at 2.3%, and after catching eight more tackles than anyone else in the country (28), he received an 80.6 grade for the year, which made him one made two races. ” back to generate a grade above 80.0 as both a recipient and a runner. ”
8. CHRIS RODRIGUEZ JR., KENTUCKY
Last season, Rodriguez rushed with 119 transfers (6.6 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns for 785 yards. In 2019, Rodriguez had 71 carries for 533 yards (7.5 yards per carry) and six touchdowns. Prior to Kentucky, Rodriguez was a three-star recruit to 247Sports Composite of McDonough, Georgia. He was also number 64 in the 2018 recruiting class.
Rodriguez finished the 2020 season as the second highest student of the 2020 season (92.4), finishing second after the UNCs Javonte Williams Among the power five-backs as a percentage of runs in which a first relegation or touchdown was achieved (41%), Treash wrote. “”
9. TYLER ALLGEIER, BYU
Allgeier is one of the most interesting stories in college football. After moving to BYU in 2018, he played linebacker for the 2019 season. After Allgeier switched to running back last year, he had a total of 1,130 rushing yards with 150 carries (7.5 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns. As a linebacker in 2019, Allgeier made 26 tackles with a pass breakup and a forced fumble.
“Allgeier only had 26 career carriers in the 2020 season, but was still able to end the year with a rushing grade of 93.1, the second best behind.” Javonte Williams, “wrote Treash.”The offensive line in front of him in 2020 was extraordinary, but also Allgeier’s vision. He finished the year with the sixth highest run rate, resulting in a gain of more than 10 yards (21.5%). ”
10. FRANK GORE JR., SOUTHERN MISS
A true newbie to 2020, the legendary NFL halfback’s son carried the ball 121 times for 708 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He also added nine catches for 97 yards (10.8 yards per catch) and a touchdown. Prior to joining Southern Miss, Gore Jr. was a three-star recruit to 247Sports Composite of Miami, Florida. He was also number 65 in the 2020 recruiting class.
“Gore finished last season as a true newcomer with the 18th best rushing grade in the FBS (86.8),” wrote Treash. “The 5-foot-8, 165-pound back shook defenders regularly and recorded the eighth most broken tackles per attempt in the FBS (0.33).”