Few schools in college football can match Tennessee's running back lineage
over the past 20 years. Jamal Lewis, Charlie Garner, Travis Henry, Little
Man Stewart, Reggie Cobb, Chuck Webb, Johnnie Jones, Tony Thompson, Jay
Graham and Travis Stephens were superior college backs. Lewis, Garner, Henry
and Stewart have gone on to shine in the NFL, while Webb would've been an
all-pro if not for a career-snuffing knee injury while at UT.
Pete Fiutak went back 35 years in ranking the top running back schools for
collegefootballnews.com, and Tennessee just missed his top 10 for 1970-2004.
Here are Fiutak's top 10:
Tennessee is ranked 11th and Florida 13th, giving the SEC four of the top 20
running back school in America over the past 35 years.
Fiutak lists Auburn's top five backs of the past 35 years (in order) as Bo
Jackson, Cadillac Williams, Joe Cribbs, Brent Fullwood and James Brooks. The
writer tabs Georgia's top five as Herschel Walker, Garrison Hearst, Rodney Hampton, Lars Tate and Robert Edwards.
Fiutak did not list the top five backs for his second 10. Instead he lists
each team's ''Main Man.'' UT's main man, of course, was Jamal Lewis, now an
all-pro with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.