Hot Button: Who Is The Best 2014 RB?

The Pony Stampede staff debates which 2014 commit is the best running back in the class

Omar arguing for Daniel Gresham: Daniel Gresham will have an immediate impact on the Hilltop and will easily be the best SMU back in the class. At 5-foot-11, 230-pounds, he is a big, bruising back that loves to knock heads and punish defenders. Gresham can also run a 4.53 40-yard dash and could be a major threat out of the backfield if he improves his hands. He was rated as the No. 1 fullback in the country for the Class of 2014 and had been previously committed to Louisville and Texas. Gresham also lost a lot of weight last offseason and has worked to improve his speed.

Although he will need to adjust to playing running back primarily, Gresham's background as a fullback should help him as a blocker, which will be important in SMU's pass-heavy offense. He has been compared to SMU great Zach Line because of his versatility and combination of size and speed. Last season for Fort Worth All Saints, Gresham rushed for 923 yards on just 93 carries and scored 19 touchdowns. If he stays in shape, I think Gresham has a chance to be the team's primary starting running back from Day 1 or at least share carries with Prescott Line and K.C. Nlemchi.





Billy arguing for Darius Durall- While the comparisons of Gresham to Ron Dayne are out there, Durall is more of a Shawnbrey McNeal type back. Durall doesn't have the frame to carry the ball 30 times a game like Zach Line could, he has the vision to find the holes quickly and exploit them.

In the running scheme of June Jones, the quick draw and draw plays would really fit Durall's skill set. Line was able to exploit those draws with his speed and quickness, and Durall could do the same. Plus, with Durall's ability to be moved around the field, he could be used to create matchup issues while Gresham is more of true power back.

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