SEC Power Rankings: Eastern Division running backs by team

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Dawn of the Dawg will be doing an entire series of SEC Power Rankings this coming week, as we roll through August headed towards opening kickoff.

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The SEC is chock full to the gills with some of the best running backs in the nation, and the Eastern Division may have the best in the nation as a group. As much as the running back position is being devalued in the NFL, it’s still a mainstay in college football, and particularly in the Southeastern conference.

Teams in the SEC still want to run the ball, and run it hard. Team speed is what the conference has become lauded for by the media and fans, and there’s no better place to demonstrate that kind of speed than with a guy who just takes the ball and gallops like a stallion.

It’s true – the legend of Forrest Gump is alive and well in the SEC.

Even in some of the more complex spread offenses employed by teams in the conference, you have to be able to run the ball. Being one-dimensional is a ticket to a lame duck bowl game, or worse, a seat on the couch watching them.

The Eastern Division teams – Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt – will be bringing some quality rushers to the games this season. But who’s the best, and who’s just running on empty? Here’s our rankings.