RB Kansas State
Alex Barnes is a throwback to a different era of running back. I kept expecting to hear Harry Kalas narrate Barnes’s game tape, the booming voice of NFL Films chronicling each cutback and blitz pickup.
RB Boise State
It’s difficult to take seriously any film of games played on blue turf, but Alexander Mattison will grab your attention and not let go. He’s big and punishing with a dash of space-back thrown in for good measure.
Myles Gaskin is the most prolific back in the 2019 class, rolling up more than 5,000 yards in his career at Washington, but it might have been the quietest four-straight (nearly) 1,300 yard seasons in history. Whether it was because he was squirreled away in the Pacific Northwest, or just because of his size, there’s barely anyone talking about Gaskin.
For the past three seasons, Benny Snell has been terrorizing SEC, racking up totals of 1091, 1333, and 1449 yards respectively. There’s probably not a better between-the-tackles runner in this class.
The way Bryce Love’s final year at Stanford unfolded is enough to draw tears; he looked fantastic in 2017 (263 carries for 2118 yards and 19 scores), decided to stay in school, struggled mightily, then ultimately tore his ACL, ending his 2018 season. The question now becomes, what to make of Love?
RB North Dakota State
Don’t feel bad if you’ve never laid eyes on Bruce Anderson. He’s a small school prospect with an uphill climb, especially since he did not get a combine invite. But there are some reasons to get familiar with this former Bison.
RB Oklahoma State
Justice Hill is another undersized back who may not be getting adequate recognition in this “down class.” While he’s another back without protypical traits, there’s a lot to like about his game.
RB Florida Atlantic
There are several smaller backs in the 2019 class who immediately profile as scatback-types, and Singletary is possibly the strangest case of them. He posted 66 touchdowns in three years at FAU and had 51 receptions, but there’s more to the story.
Alabama’s consistent appearances in the BCS Championship have given Damien Williams plenty of exposure on the national stage. Chances are, if you’re looking at a ranking of this year’s top backs, he’ll be on it. But, how much of that is Harris and how much the Alabama hype machine? (Roll Tide.)
Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but there’s a Georgia running back who may be a stud at the next level BUT he shared a backfield, so it’s difficult to say for sure. Chubb, Michel, and Swift definitely cut into playing time for Elijah Holyfield, but he still managed 1,018 yards in 2018.