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May 27, 2014

Ranking the Big Ten: RB

As Nebraska prepares for another run through the Big Ten Conference, HuskerOnline.com will get you ready with ranking analysis pieces breaking down each position in the league. Today, we look at the running back position in the Big Ten heading into 2014.

1. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska, 5-9, 195, Sr.
Senior Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah was the Big Ten's leading rusher in 2013 with 1,690 yards and 9 touchdowns. It was the best season by a Husker running back since Ahman Green in 1997 and the fourth-highest rushing total of all-time. He's rushed for 2,977 yards and 20 touchdowns the last three years and has a chance to challenge Mike Rozier's all-time school record of 4,780 yards in 2014. He will be the heart and soul of NU's offense and take some of the pressure off sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong.
2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, 6-1, 207, Jr.
Not far behind Abdullah in the discussion for the Big Ten's top running back honors is Wisconsin junior Melvin Gordon. In 2013 Gordon was right behind Abdullah with 1,609 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. Gordon has big time speed and this will be the first time he'll be the featured back in the Badger backfield. In 2013 he split reps with James White, while in 2012 he was the third back behind Montee Ball and White.
3. Jeremy Langford, Michigan State, 6-0, 205, Sr.
A lot of the success Michigan State had on offense had to do with the consistency they got in the running game from tailback Jeremy Langford. In 2013 Langford was one of the surprise players in the Big Ten rushing for 1,422 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 101.6 yards per game. Langford's season-long run was just 44 yards, but he constantly kept the Spartan offense on schedule, which allowed quarterback Connor Cook to have several very winnable third down situations.
4. David Cobb, Minnesota, 5-11, 225, Jr.
Minnesota's offense will be centered around running back David Cobb, who a year ago ran for 1,202 yards and 7 touchdowns. Nebraska fans should be well aware of Cobb, as he had 31 carries for 138 yards a year ago against the Huskers, with a steady diet of 4 to 6 yard runs. Cobb is a lot like Langford at Michigan State. He's not going to break very many long runs, but he's going to keep your offense on schedule and put you in a lot of third-and-short type situations.
5. Paul James, Rutgers, 6-0, 210, Jr.
One of the new names to watch in the Big Ten in 2013 is Rutgers running back Paul James, who was a first-team All-AAC selection a year ago, despite missing four games. James is a power runner, as he rushed for 881 of 156 carries. It will be interesting to see how James adjusts to a new conference and if he can have the kind of success he had a year ago against more physical Big Ten defenses.

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