Ranking the 2020 SEC Running Backs

Jan 1, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris (22) runs with the ball around Michigan Wolverines defensive back Josh Metellus (14) during the first half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The SEC has some of the best running backs in the country. Alabama workhorse, Najee Harris, is not only one of the best RBs in the nation, he is one of the best overall players. However, even outside of Harris there is a plethora of talent this year. Here are the Pypeline 2020 rankings of the SEC running backs.

1. Najee Harris – Alabama

Harris has had an excellent career rushing for 2,377 yards and 20 touchdowns, while averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He’s added 7 recieving TDs, as well. Harris is in the Heisman conversation for 2020.

2. Kylin Hill – Mississippi State

Hill rushed for 1,350 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, while averaging 5.6 ypc. In his career, he’s rushed for 2,477 yards, 16 touchdowns, and caught 44 passes for 394 yards and 5 TDs.

3. Rakeem Boyd – Arkansas

Boyd is one of the top returning RBs in the SEC. He’s rushed for 1,867 yards in his career with 10 touchdowns, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He’s also caught 42 passes for 325 yards.

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4. Jerrion Ealy – Ole Miss

Ealy is an explosive back who excels rushing and receiving. He’s a home run threat every time he touches the ball. Last season, he rushed for 722 yards 6.9 ypc with 6 TDs as a freshman. He also had a receiving TD and kick return TD.

5. Zamir White – Georgia

White is the leading returning rusher for the Dawgs in 2020. Last season as a freshman he rushed for 408 yards and 3 touchdowns. This season Zamir has a chance to rush for over 1,000 yards with 10+ TDs.

6. Larry Roundtree III – Missouri

Roundtree has had a spectacular career for the Tigers. He’s rushed for 2,748 yards and 26 touchdowns, while averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Roundtree should rush for 1,000+ yards in 2020.

7. Isaiah Spiller – Texas A&M

Spiller is a physical runner who made a big impact for the Aggies last season as a freshman. He rushed for 946 yards with 10 touchdowns and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. He also caught 29 passes for 203 yards.

8. Eric Gray – Tennessee

Gray made an impact last season as a freshman. He rushed for 539 yards and 4 touchdowns and averaged 5.3 yards per carry. He also caught 13 passes for 115 yards 1 TD. Bright future ahead!

9. AJ Rose – Kentucky

Kentucky led the SEC and ranked 2nd nationally, averaging 6.32 yards per carry. AJ Rose is next in line to have a big season. He’s rushed for 1,305 yards in his career with 11 TDs and he could double his rushing yards this season.

10. Ty Chandler – Tennessee

Chandler has rushed for 1,590 yards and 9 touchdowns, averaging 5 yards per carry in his career. He’s also great in the passing game, catching 42 passes for 354 yards and 3 touchdowns.

11. Dameon Pierce – Florida

Pierce could establish himself as one of the top RBs in CFB this season. He’s rushed for 729 yards and 6 touchdowns, averaging 5.9 yards per carry in his career. When he gets the ball, he’s effective and a big threat.

12. Kavosiey Smoke – Kentucky

Smoke impressed me last season as a freshman. He rushed for 661 yards and 7 touchdowns, while averaging 6.3 yards per carry. This season he and AJ Rose will be a dynamic duo.

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13. Chris Curry – LSU

Curry rushed for 189 yards last season as a freshman, while averaging 5 yards per carry. 2020 could be a breakout season for him because LSU has a lot of production to replace with Clyde Edwards-Helaire going to the NFL.

14. DJ Williams – Auburn

Williams made an impact in 2019 for the Tigers as a freshman. He rushed for 400 yards and 2 touchdowns, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Bright future ahead, remember his name!

15. James Cook – Georgia

Someone has to step up to replace D’Andre Swift. James Cook could be that guy if he stays healthy. In his career, he’s rushed for 472 yards and 4 touchdowns, while averaging 6.6 yards per carry.

16. Shaun Shivers – Auburn

Shivers is just 5’7″ 180 lbs, but don’t let his size fool you. He is an explosive back who can run away from defenders in open space. Shivers has rushed for 657 yards and 6 touchdowns, averaging 5.3 ypc in his career.