2014 stats: 190 carries, 899 yards, 5 touchdowns Hurd burst onto the college football scene early in his freshman season and appeared to get stronger as the season went on. Hurd rumbled for 122 yards and two touchdowns against Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Expect Hurd to be a focal point for Tennessee the rest of his college career.
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Ralph Webb — Vanderbilt Commodores
2014 stats: 212 carries, 917 yards, 4 touchdowns One of the few offensive bright spots for the Commodores in 2014, Webb quickly became the focus of opposing defenses early in his freshman season. Anticipate Vanderbilt to run Webb early and often next season as they work through any quarterback struggles in their new offensive system.
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Dak Prescott — Mississippi State Bulldogs
2014 stats: 210 carries, 986 yards, 14 touchdowns The only quarterback to make the list, Prescott is the key to Mississippi State downhill power-running attack. Keeping defenses off guard is essentially to the team's attack; look for Prescott to surpass the 1,000-yard mark in his senior season.
Derrick Henry — Alabama Crimson Tide
2014 stats: 172 carries, 990 yards, 11 touchdowns Henry, the biggest back on the list, split rushing duties with TJ Yeldon last season and surpassed his yardage despite fewer attempts. Expect Henry to post career numbers as Yeldon is off to the NFL.
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Leonard Fournette — LSU Tigers
2014 stats: 187 carries, 1,034 yards, 10 touchdowns The "LeBron of football" failed to live up to the early hype but really came on down the stretch. Fournette finished his freshman season with 289 rushing yards in his last two games alone. Look for LSU to run Fournette early and often as they work through their quarterback issues next season.
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Russell Hansbrough — Missouri Tigers
2014 stats: 205 carries, 1,084 yards, 10 touchdowns Mizzou's scatback is known for his big-play ability, but don't think for a second he can't lower his head and gain tough yards up the middle. Hansbrough torched Texas A&M for 199 yards on only 20 carries last season, mostly by breaking tackles near the line of scrimmage. With the graduation of Marcus Murphy, the Tiger backfield will be solely in the hands of Hansbrough in 2015.
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Alex Collins — Arkansas Razorbacks
2014 stats: 204 carries, 1,100 yards, 12 touchdowns One half of the Razorbacks' two-headed monster at tailback, Collins started his college career off right after rushing for 621 yards in his first five games. The Razorbacks ran the ball early and often last season. Expect more of the same in 2015.
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Jonathan Williams — Arkansas Razorbacks
2014 stats: 211 carries, 1,190 yards, 12 touchdowns The Razorbacks' other stud running back ain't bad either! Williams outrushed Collins by only 90 yards last season, which happens to match Williams' longest rush of the season. Can they both top the1,000-yard mark for consecutive seasons?
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Nick Chubb — Georgia Bulldogs
2014 stats: 219 carries, 1,547 yards, 14 touchdowns The SEC Freshman of the Year filled in for Todd Gurley with arguably no drop off last season. Chubb averaged an insane 7.1 yards per carry despite carrying the ball over 200 times. If Chubb can possibly improve on his numbers from a year ago, look for him to make a Heisman run while leading Georgia to a playoff berth.