Believe it or not, fullback was once a critical position in offenses around the country.
But as offenses drift more towards pass-happy offenses, the fullback is becoming a dying breed in college football.
However, that doesn’t stop us from remembering the former greats at the position, and there have been several to come through the SEC over the years. Let’s take a look at some of the best fullbacks in the history of the SEC.
John Conner, Kentucky (2005-09): Conner remains the best to play the position at Kentucky, and his name, as well as his physical nature, earned him the nickname, “The Terminator.” He was a fifth-round NFL draft pick by the New York Jets and bounced around between four teams during his professional career.
Johnny Davis, Alabama (1974-78): Davis played during an era when fullbacks were much more prevalent, but he still shined under the direction of legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, who labeled Davis “the best fullback I’ve ever coached.”
Charlie Flowers, Ole Miss (1957-59): Flowers is on the shortlist of greatest Ole Miss players of all time after a productive career under legendary coach Johnny Vaught. Flowers finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1959 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
Hoyle Granger, Mississippi State (1963-1965): Granger is among the best to ever wear a Mississippi State jersey, but technically, he was a running back. He made the shift to fullback after being drafted in the fifth round of the 1966 AFL Draft by the Houston Oilers.
Jacob Hester, LSU (2004-07): Hester was also technically a running back who switched to fullback as a pro, but either way, he is one of the most well-known fullbacks in recent memory, as he helped the Tigers to the 2007 BCS National Championship. Hester was drafted in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
Peyton Hillis, Arkansas (2004-07): Hillis was a member of one of the best backfields in SEC history, as he helped open up holes for Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. However, Hillis made a career out of being a reliable blocker and catching passes out of the backfield both collegiately and in the NFL.
Jim Taylor, LSU (1954-57): Taylor was a Baton Rouge native who led the SEC in scoring in 1956 and 1957. He was an All-American selection for LSU during his senior season. Taylor was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 1958 NFL Draft.