Four of the six returning backs were 4-Stars coming out of high school. More importantly Akeem Judd and Jordan Wilkins will bring back proven experience. The Rebels have been looking for some runners to get the all-important short yards on key third and fourth downs. Both bring this skill set to the table but they are not just a three yards and a could of dust backs. Both can get big chunks of yards and have the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Eric Swinney is unleashed after having to take a redshirt his freshman season due to a knee injury. There are whispers in the camp that he is a star in the making. The Georgia native has an excellent combination of power and speed but he has this toughness about him that few possess. He has a chance to go down in Ole Miss history as one of their better backs.
Ole Miss continues to high hopes for D.K. Buford and Eugene Brazley as well. Eugene has shown big play ability when given the opportunities. D.K. bounced around from defensive back to tailback but is now settled in at tailback.
The Rebels snagged one of the top running backs in the country in D'Vaughn Pennamon. He'll have the luxury to learn from the veterans before taking his crack in the rotation.
The group only has one senior, Akeem Judd. The Rebels are making an all out effort to gather the signatures from 5-Star RB Cam Akers out of Clinton (Miss.) and 4-Star RB Ty Chandler out of Nashville (Tenn.). They are in a situation where they can sign one or both. If they aren't able to land either they will most likely wait until the 2018 class to fill that need.