Thursday Three: Opposing RBs

Last week we looked at the best quarterbacks the Aggies will face this season. This week, we take a look at the running backs.

Alabama's TJ Yeldon is the best running back the Aggies will face this season.

#1 - T.J. Yeldon - So - Alabama

A season ago Yeldon was one of two 1,000 yard backs for the Crimson Tide. Yeldon also had the second highest yards per carry (6.3) of anyone with at least 800 rushing yards returning this season (Johnny Manziel - 7.0.) Yeldon would probably be a strong Heisman candidate going into this season if he wasn’t on the same team as AJ McCarron and Amari Cooper. He’ll share carries with Alabama’s other talented backs like Lacy did a season ago, but he’ll still get plenty of carries to make a run at another 1,000 yard season.

#2 - Tre Mason - Jr - Auburn

Even with the tailspin of disaster that was Auburn football last season, Tra Mason still managed to roll up over 1,000 yards on the ground. This year, with Gus Malzahn back in place in Auburn, he could become one of the most dangerous players in the SEC. He could use some help from even a semi-reliable passing game, and he should get that with Malzahn’s spread system back in place. Kiehl Frazier is better suited for a spread offense than he was a pro-style offense a season ago.

#3 - LaDarius Perkins - Sr - Mississippi State

Another 1,000 rusher a season ago, Perkins was a workhorse for the Bulldogs. He got his 1,000 yards averaging right at 5 yards per carry. He’ll be called on again this season to try to put Dan Mullen’s team over the top and into the elite of the SEC. Perkins plays out of a different offensive set from most of the other backs in the SEC. Les Koenning’s spread offense is quite a bit different from the tempo spreads of A&M, Ole Miss and Auburn.

Don’t sleep on...

Henry Josey - Jr - Missouri Josey rushed for almost 1,200 yards in just 10 games (at over 7 yards per carry) two seasons ago before a devastating knee injury took him out for the rest of 2011 and all of 2012. Reports out of Columbia this spring are that Josey is close to his old form and should be ready to go when fall rolls around.

Notably Missing...

Jeremy Hill - So - LSU If Hill is back on the LSU team this fall, then he would instantly jump to number two on this list. However, because of his current legal trouble, I’m leaving him off for now.

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