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Gator Running Backs ⋆ GOAT List

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by thatguy, Jul 6, 2021.

  1. apkgator

    apkgator GC Hall of Fame

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    Wilder, Carr, Brinson, Green.....imagine if they had added Houston McTear
     
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    It is hard to create a list of the greatest without showing the criteria and assumptions. My list is only slightly different based on career rushing yards, single season rushing yards, career rushing touchdowns, and single season touchdowns.

    If I had to create a list without statistics I would bring in some of the old school players mentioned elsewhere in this thread.


    1. Emmitt Smith
    2. Errict Rhett
    3. Fred Taylor
    4. Neal Anderson
    5. Tim Tebow
    6. Earnest Graham
    7. Lamical Perine
    8. Jimmy Dubose
    9. Chris Rainey
    10. Jeff Demps
    John L. Williams
    Elijah Williams
    Mike Gillislee
    Lorenzo Hampton
    Percy Harvin
    Ciatrick Faison
    Terry Jackson
    Larry Dupree
    Tommy Durrance

    I have a theory that if Percy Harvin had been a pure running back he would have finished around #3, and he if had been a pure receiver he would have finished around #1 based on assumptions on his combined rushing and receiving yards.
     
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  3. WC53

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    In my old mind I never consider Rainey and Demps RB’s :)
     
  4. insuragator

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    LMAO - with the tear-away jersey
     
  5. MaceoP

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    I really liked demps and rainey, but we had tebow as our power back. IMO, they were both specialty backs. Without tebow, they wouldn't have been as effective running.
    Terry Jackson was very good, and i would have put him up in one of their slots.
     
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  6. raisinghill

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    Kind of amazing how many people either never watch C4 play, or discount the entire Zook era. Lorenzo Hamilton was impressive enough to be a 1st rounder, but not a top 10RB lol....

    demps and Rainey were good, but truely benefited from a spread offense with an embarrassment of riches. Switch C4/Hampton and Demps/Rainey teams/eras and the former combo would handle the new role way better than the latter.

    didn’t get to see a lot of Neal Anderson and John L Williams, but listened to a ton of radio...you’d they were the only 2 on offense back in the day.
     
  7. scooterp

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    I can see C4 & Hampton being obvious omissions... but not at the expense of Perine. He’s earned his place on there. I would move Demps & Rainey off before him. I don’t know if we really appreciated what he did in his 4 years here.
     
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  8. garettk

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    C4 definitely underrated. It was a one-year explosion.
    Emmitt and Neal Anderson have to be top two.
    Rhett probably under appreciated a bit. As is Graham.
    Gillespie had a tremendous last year too.
    Hampton, James Jones.... Matt Jones.
    A lot of great backs!
     
  9. gatorknights

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    I have no problem with the list. Good arguments have been made for others, and they are valid. But there's only 10 spots on the list....
     
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  10. grant1

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    The 1982 roster had 4 1st Round Draft picks in the backfield: James Jones, N Anderson, J L Williams, and L Hampton. Neal's break-out game was at UK with 33 rushes (school record) for 197 yards. In '82, all of them averaged at least 5 yards/carry.

    All 4 of those should be in the Top 10 even though Jones was a FB.
     
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  11. gator10

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    Rhett should definitely be #2. He was a workhorse. I agree that Taylor had more talent but Taylor didn't put it together until his senior year.
     
  12. SLOgator

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    Seems like Larry Smith mighta shoulda been included in that list…
     
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  13. persuader

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    That’s a pretty fair list imo
     
  14. unclerob

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    I thought Elijah was better than Fred. He almost never got stuffed at the line, always would fall forward.
     
  15. VAg8r1

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    Probably off-topic for this thread and although it's been over 50 years I still cannot forgive Doug Dickey for trying to change the best passing offense in college football into a power running team especially considering that even Dickey himself knew that Gator offensive line that he inherited was too small to run the type of offense that he ran at Tennessee.
     
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  16. thatguy

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    Doug Dickey was a great football coach and smarter than his critics
    IN HIS MIND
     
  17. Wanne15

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    Right. Consider the offense he played in. He was better for the Chargers in a good passing offense for sure. Had he played for Spurrier, oh lord.
     
  18. Wanne15

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    I always thought he had it the previous year but Spurrier didn’t want to run the ball that much. I remember a tense game where I was thinking, give Fred the damn ball.