SEC Network analysts Gene Chizik and Matt Stinchcomb recently ranked their top five running backs in the SEC, and there was no surprise at who sat atop both lists: LSU’s Derrius Guice.
“I love watching film on this guy, he makes unbelievable jump cuts,” Chizik said. “You can’t touch him. If he wants to make you miss, he can make you miss.”
Guice rushed for 1,387 yards a season ago while filling in for an injured Leonard Fournette. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry and added 15 touchdowns. He will be eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft should he declare after his junior season.
Chizik and Stinchcomb had similar lists on the front end with Guice and Georgia’s Nick Chubb taking the top two spots. But the two analysts took very different approaches on the second half, listing six different names.
Stinchcomb went under the radar a little bit with his selections, taking Kentucky’s Benny Snell Jr, Tennessee’s John Kelly and Missouri’s Damarea Crockett to round out his top five. Meanwhile, Chizik took the more obvious names to finish out his list: Auburn’s Kamryn Pettway, Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough and Vanderbilt’s Ralph Webb.
Perhaps there was no greater omission than Scarbrough from Stinchcomb’s list, but the former Georgia lineman justified it by saying the Crimson Tide’s multitude of offensive weapons made him look elsewhere.