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5 Most Intriguing Big 10 RBs

Big 10 Football: 5 Most Intriguing Running Backs

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The shiftiest, fastest guys on the football field at any given time are the running backs. These are the guys who take pride in being able to bulldoze their way through the defensive line one play and then break the ankles of a linebacker the next. Keep in mind: I'm not ranking the best Big 10 running backs -- I'm ranking the most intriguing.

5. Derrick Green - Michigan

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5. Derrick Green Michigan

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Derrick Green spent his freshman season getting limited carries, not really getting a chance to shine. This season, however, he's lost some weight and gets to work under new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. As the feature back, Green will get a chance to impress.

4. David Cobb - Minnesota

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4. David Cobb - Minnesota

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David Cobb plays my favorite brand of football: smash-mouth. He's the beginning and end of Minnesota's offensive attack, and he really sets the tone. He emerged last season to become the Gopher's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2006. Bigger things are yet to come.

3. Tevin Coleman - Indiana

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3. Tevin Coleman - Indiana

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Tevin Coleman makes your heart race just by watching him. He's featured in an Indiana offense that can run up the score on almost anyone, and he's a sure deal to provide the spark. With Stephen Houston gone, the backfield is Coleman's. Look out.

2. Ameer Abdullah - Nebraska

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2. Ameer Abdullah - Nebraska

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I don't know how many people know this, but Ameer Abdullah was the only running back to go for over 100 yards against Ohio State last season. Not bad, huh? There's no reason to expect anything less than spectacular this season.

1. Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin

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1. Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin

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Check yourself. Melvin Gordon is going to lead college football in rushing yards this season after being a top-10 rusher a year ago -- and that was while sharing the backfield. It's going to be a special season for Gordon.