Today we hit the second of ten days putting together our Preseason All American Team here at Rant Sports. We started with the offense, and the leader of our offense, quarterback Matt Barkley of the USC Trojans. Today we’ll stay in the backfield and take a look at our two running backs, Montee Ball and Joseph Randle.
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball returns for his senior season, after a junior season where he rushed for 1,954 yards and scored 33 touchdowns, all of this while sitting out the fourth quarters of two or three games. After winning the Big 10 Championship Game over Michigan State, Ball finished the season with a hard fought loss to the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl. Ball put the NFL on hold and decided to come back for his senior season, where he will try to once again lead the country in rushing. Ball will once again be joined in the Badger backfield by James White, and he also will have two starters back up front to help lead the way.
Joseph Randle enters his junior season after a productive sophomore campaign that ended with 1,216 yards and 24 touchdowns. His touchdown total was second in school history for a season, only behind the great Barry Sanders. Randle will be the leader of a Cowboy offense that scored a ton of points in 2011. Gone, is quarterback Brandon Weeden and wideout Justin Blackmon. Weeden was the Cowboy career passing leader and Blackmon owns every receiving record at Oklahoma State. Randle may find it rough going running the football, as only two starters return up front.
Marcus Lattimore: Lattimore returns from an injury shortened 2011. He should be back to 100% and gives South Carolina a great chance to once again win 11 games.
Knile Davis: Davis, just like Lattimore, returns from an ankle injury that had him sidelined for the entire 2011 season. He, along with quarterback Tyler Wilson, gives the Razorbacks one of the best quarterback/running back combos in the nation.
Stepfan Taylor: Taylor returns for 2012 and will now be the key cog in a Cardinal offense that lost All American Quarterback Andrew Luck.