2013 Preseason Player Rankings - Running Back
Georgia RB Todd Gurley
Georgia RB Todd Gurley
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Posted Aug 8, 2013


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1. Todd Gurley, So. Georgia
The true sophomore from Tarboro, NC was barely on the depth chart when he arrived on campus last season; today he has emerged as a top pro prospect with a limitless upside. Gurley had nine games of 100 or more yards his freshman season, for a total of 1,385 – sixth best ever in the history of Georgia football. He’s only the second true freshman to run for more than 1,000 yards, behind some Walker guy, and perhaps, most importantly, given the recent offseason behavior of Georgia running backs, only positive things were attributed to him throughout the spring/summer. At 6-1 and 232-pounds, he returns to Athens with more size, knowledge and confidence. With an even more experienced offensive line to march behind, 1,617 yards is not out of the question. That total would rank him with the third best single-season record in UGA history, and displace at least one of Herschel’s names from the top three spots.

2. Ka'Deem Carey, Jr. Arizona
Carey is the latest star to operate out of the Rich Rodriguez attack. No. 25 erupted into superstardom in 2012, an All-American in just his second season on campus. He rushed for a nation’s-leading and single-season program-best 1,929 yards and 23 touchdowns on 303 carries. Carey also caught 36 balls for 303 yards and another score, and his 366-yard rushing effort against Colorado smashed a Pac-12 record that had stood for almost three decades. The 5-10, 196-pounder averaged 6.4 yards a carry in large part because he has outstanding vision through the hole, is always churning his legs and is one of the toughest backs in America. Carey has the uncanny knack for bouncing off tacklers for more yards, almost never going down on first contact.

3. Lache Seastrunk, Jr. Baylor
When Seastrunk suggested late last year that he should be a favorite for the Heisman, he actually wasn’t crazy. There wasn’t a hotter player in college football over the second half of the season, ripping off five 100-yard games in the final six and 91 yards and three touchdowns against Oklahoma in the other one. The 5-10, 210-pound former Oregon transfer was in the center of the whole Willie Lyles controversy, but none of that matters now for him as one of the nation’s most explosive runners with huge upside. Despite not getting too much work until his 17-carry, 103-yard day against Kansas, he finished the year with 1,012 yards and seven touchdowns averaging 7.7 yards per play, and while he didn’t do much for the passing game, he showed potential catching nine passes for 107 yards and a score. With good power and special wheels, he’s a home run hitter waiting to happen.

4. Damien Williams, Sr. Oklahoma
The 5-11, 214-pound former JUCO All-American stepped in and starred from the opener with 103 yards and a score on just ten carries against UTEP, and he followed it up with 156 yards and four touchdowns on just ten carries against Florida A&M. And then came Texas, and 22 carries for 167 yards and a score later, he showed he speed, power and burst that should make him more of a workhorse. He produced well when fed the ball, but there were some strange games getting just three carries against Iowa State and seven against Oklahoma State, but when he’s on, he can be everything for the attack, including receiver, catching 34 passes for 320 yards and a score.

5. T.J. Yeldon, Soph. Alabama
All Yeldon did in his true freshman season was finish second on the team with 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns averaging 6.3 yards per pop, and he caught 11 passes for 131 yards and a score. The 6-2, 218-pounder has size, speed and outstanding cutting ability, feeling and seeing defenders well before he needs to. With five 100-yard games on the year, including a 153-yarder against Georgia and 108 yards against Notre Dame, he’s both explosive and reliable. The 2012 Alabama Mr. Football was unstoppable in his senior year with 2,131 yards and 31 scores, and after stepping off the bus and onto a national champion, now he’ll do even more for the Tide.

6. Antonio Andrews, Sr. WKU
7. De’Anthony Thomas, Jr. Oregon
8. Duke Johnson, Soph. Miami
9. Venric Mark, Sr. Northwestern
10. John Hubert, Sr. Kansas State
11. James Sims, Sr. Kansas
12. Bishop Sankey, Jr. Washington
13. James White, Sr. Wisconsin
14. Kenneth Dixon, Soph. Louisiana Tech
15. Brandon Williams, So. Texas A&M
16. Adam Muema, Jr. San Diego State
17. Matt Jones, Soph. Florida
18. Jeremy Hill, So. LSU
19. Charles Sims, Sr. Houston
20. Kasey Carrier, Sr. New Mexico
21. David Fluellen, Sr. Toledo
22. Darrin Reaves, Jr. UAB
23. Beau Blankenship, Sr. Ohio
24. Silas Redd, Sr. USC
25. Ameer Abdullah, Jr. Nebraska
26. Byron Marshall, Soph. Oregon
27. Johnathan Gray, Soph. Texas
28. Fitzgerald Toussaint, Sr. Michigan
29. (FB) Trey Millard, Sr. Oklahoma
30. Malcolm Brown, Jr. Texas