Rating RB coaches

Dennis Dodd of cbssportsline.com lists one SEC aide among the top six running back coaches in college football. I think there should be two.

Dodd ranks the top six this way:

1. Cale Gundy, Oklahoma

2. Eddie Gran, Auburn

3. Fred Jackson, Michigan

4. Todd McNeil, Southern Cal

5. Andre Powell, Clemson

6. John Settle, Wisconsin

Gundy's products include Adrian Peterson, who might be the best back of the 21st century thus far.

Gran hasn't done too badly, either, cranking out the likes of Cadillac Williams, Ronnie Brown, Kenny Irons and Rudi Johnson.

Jackson did a good job squeezing the maximum out of undersized Wolverine running back Mike Hart and Powell seems to crank out quality rushers everywhere he goes.

McNeil's troops include 2006 Heisman winner Reggie Bush and LenDale White, who helped the Trojans win two national titles and just miss a third.

Instead of Settle, though, I think the sixth spot should go to Larry Porter of LSU. Porter turned Jacob Hester – who has more heart than talent – into a 1,000-yard rusher last fall.

Hester is out of eligibility but a lot of analysts believe his successor, Keiland Williams, could be the SEC's top back for 2008. Porter also found a way last fall to wring 351 rushing yards out of Trindon Holliday, a 5-5 mighty-mite who might be Div. 1-A's fastest and smallest running back.

Perhaps most impressive of all is that Hester, Williams and Holliday combined for 402 carries last fall with only one lost fumble – that coming against Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game.

Porter, who holds the title assistant head coach at LSU, also is regarded as one of the NCAA's premier recruiters.

All things considered, Porter needs to be ranked among the top six running back coaches in the NCAA.


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