Charting the running backs

RUNNING BACK CLASS THE ELITE 1. Larry Johnson Penn State 6-1 228 4.56 Durable 2,000-yard rusher tends to run too upright and dances too much. 2. Willis McGahee Miami 6-0 223 4.45 (before ACL tear) Had great breakaway speed and cutback skills before multiple ligament tears. 3. Musa Smith Georgia 6-0 230 4.47 Power runner excels in short yardage, but lacks experience and elusiveness.


4.Onterrio Smith Oregon 5-10 220 4.46 Character issues in his past at Tennessee could overshadow home-run hitting skills.

5. Justin Fargas USC 6-1 220 4.39 Son of actor "Huggy Bear" burst on scene with workout prowess, but didn't start for Trojans until midseason.

6.Chris Brown Colorado 6-2 218 4.55 Stock is declining because he struggles to avoid tacklers, but had 18 touchdowns last season.


7. Lee Suggs Virginia Tech 5-11 202 4.44 Competitive sprinter would be valued much higher if not for 2001 knee surgery.

8.Domanick Davis LSU 5-9 213 4.62 Lacks top speed, but rugged runner has imagination.

9.Quentin Griffin Oklahoma 5-7 195 4.45 Mighty-mite back hasn't been stopped yet.

10.Brandon Drumm Colorado 6-1 236 4.71 Alaska legend is a fullback known for his versatility.

SLEEPERS: Rashard Lee (Middle Tennessee State); Randy Bell (Carson Newman); Andrew Pinnock (South Carolina); Ryan Johnson (Montana State); Ovie Mughelli (Wake Forest); Jeremi Johnson (Western Kentucky).

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