Eric Gray

2020 Unit Rankings – Running Backs

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As we said in yesterday’s post ranking the SEC’s quarterback units, Tennessee shows up in the Top 4 in five of eight SEC unit rankings in the 2020 edition of our Gameday on Rocky Top magazine. The Vols QBs were ranked No. 4 yesterday, and today, the running backs also come in at No. 4.

2020 SEC Running Back Rankings

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With Tua gone and an outstanding offensive line, this may be the year we see Alabama return to its run game roots, and it will be in good hands not only with Najee Harris, but with a couple of excellent complements as well.

Kentucky’s running game wasn’t the best in the league just because of Lynn Bowden, but also because of Asim Rose, Kavosiey Smoke, and Christopher Rodriguez. And Missouri is likely to lean on Larry Rountree III to help ease the transition to a new-look offense.

Then there’s Tennessee, led by Ty Chandler, Eric Gray, and Tim Jordan. With the way Gray finished last season, he is probably going to push Chandler for some serious playing time, and with their own outstanding offensive line, these guys should be primed for a solid season.

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What do y’all think? Where did we get it right? Where are we wrong?

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daetilus
daetilus
3 months ago

I feel UK is a bit high after losing Bowden. But the 2-4 spots are all pretty close. And I feel the Vols would be #2, but that may be some orange tint going on there.

I also think UGA might be a bit low

Isaac Bishop
Isaac Bishop
3 months ago

Do you think losing Tim Jordan will affect Tennessee’s ranking much? We still seem pretty deep at the position so there’s a good chance there will be another dependable guy to help carry the load. Also I didn’t realize that Jordan only scored 4 TDs in his career with only 1 of those coming last year. However, a respectable 4 ypc on 100 carries is very helpful. Do you think either Hodge or Small could be able to replace or improve that?

Isaac Bishop
Isaac Bishop
3 months ago

I’ll follow it up with another good question. Animated or live action Aladdin?

wildcat2020
wildcat2020
2 months ago

yes Bowden led the SEC in rushing only playing eight games at QB position. Kentucky still has stable of backs led by AJ Rose to take pressure off of Wilson. do not forget Wilson has some wheels he threw for two scores and ran for one at that win in the “Swamp” I still believe Kentucky will surprise people but no one in this state will believe it until they do it and I sure hope they do so all of the media in Tennessee can shut up. A Kentucky media member asked Stoops how do you feel about all… Read more »