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2014 ACC Football: Top 5 Running Backs

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2014 ACC Football: Top 5 Running Backs

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Two of the best running backs in the country are expected to come from the ACC; those being Duke Johnson and Karlos Williams. These two will be tough to compete with though the conference bodes a plethora of talented backs.

Who else has joined them on this week's Top 5 ACC Running Backs list?

5. Dominique Brown, Louisville

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5. Dominique Brown, Louisville

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Splitting carries is also something Brown will be doing this season. However, he should garner most of the carries over his strong counterpart Michael Dyer. There is no shortage of talent in the backfield for the Cardinals. Brown will be facing much stronger defenses in the ACC, but I expect him to put up similar numbers, if not better.

4. James Conner, Pittsburgh

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4. James Conner, Pittsburgh

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Conner was a wrecking ball last season with his best performance coming against Bowling Green in their bowl game. Most likely he will be splitting carries again, but with his continued performance it will be difficult to see him not getting a bulk of the carries eventually.

3. Kevin Parks, Virginia

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3. Kevin Parks, Virginia

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For an offense that couldn't muster much production, Parks had a stellar season. He rushed for 1,031 yards with 11 touchdowns. Parks also has solid hands out of the backfield. He will be looked to carry an offense that is hoping to improve on their showing from last season.

2. Karlos Williams, Florida State

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2. Karlos Williams, Florida State

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We won’t see an eight-yard-per-carry average like Williams produced last season. We will, however, see a player that will battle for the Doak Walker award when it’s all said and done. He is scary good for a guy who barely has any playing experience at tailback. Defenses aren't excited that he will be the featured back this season.

1. Duke Johnson, Miami

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1. Duke Johnson, Miami

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Johnson is hands down the best player in the ACC besides Jameis Winston. Had it not been for a season-ending ankle injury, he would have ran for over 1,600 yards. There isn't a running back in the ACC that can compete with him when healthy. There are a few guys that will beg to differ, but Johnson is tough to beat in this category.