Breaking down 5 Star Running Backs 2002-2010

Every year the emphasis on recruiting  five star players makes headlines and gives football fans false since of hope and expectations.  From 2002 until 2010, both Scout and Rivals have agreed on 27  five star prep running backs according to their research and player evaluations.  Scout has been “star happy” since 2002 in praising 49 prep running backs as five star recruits.  Rivals only handed out 31 five star ratings to running backs in there annual rankings. This year Marcus Lattimore, Michael Dyer, Lache Seastrunk and Dillion Baxter were given the dubious honor. Now it is time to evaluate the recruiting rankings and ask the question, are five star running backs worth the expectations?  Only players given five stars from both Scout and Rivals were considered.

2002 – Lorenzo Booker (Florida State), Ciatrik Fason (Florida), Gerald Riggs Jr. (Tennessee), Michael Johnson (Virginia).

2003 – Demetris Summers (South Carolina), Kregg Lumpkin (Georgia)

2004 – Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma)

2005 – Antone Smith (Florida State), Marlon Lucky (Nebraska), Jonathan Stewart (Oregon), Kevin Grady (Michigan)

2006 – Beanie Wells (Ohio State), Stefon Johnson (USC), C.J. Spiller (Clemson), James Aldridge (Notre Dame)

2007 – Joe McKnight (USC), Marc Tyler (USC), Noel Devine (West Virginia)

2008 – Darrell Scott (Colorado), Jermie Calhoun (Oklahoma)

2009 – Bryce Brown (Tennessee), Trent Richardson (Alabama), Christine Michael (Texas A&M)

2010 – Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina), Michael Dyer (Auburn), Lache Seastrunk (Oregon), Dillon Baxter (USC)

Most 5 Star Recruits by school – USC (4), Oklahoma (2), South Carolina (2), Florida State (2), Oregon (2), Tennessee (2)

Top 5 of the 5 Stars (Lived up to the hype)

1. Adrian Peterson – Peterson is the only player on this list to receive Heisman consideration and make an immediate impact in the NFL. A three time NFL All-Pro for the Minnesota Vikings and the 2007 NFL Rookie of the Year.  In three years with the Sooners, Peterson scored 42 touchdowns with 4045 rushing yards.

2. C.J. Spiller – After being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1st round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the analysis on Spiller’s professional career will come in time. We placed Spiller at #2 due to the balance of his game.  With 120 receptions for 1362 yards in his four-year career with the Tigers, it helped him reach over 4,500 career all-purpose yards.

3. Noel Devine – As a returning senior, Devine has a year left to march his way up this list.  Devine has ran for 3,381 yards and 23 touchdowns in his three years with West Virginia.  His 6.5 yard per carry average leads this group of five star running backs.  It is still unknown how his speed and size will be evaluated come draft day 2011.

4. Jonathan Stewart –  Stewart along with Peterson have turned out to be the best NFL players from this group.  After running for 2,891 yards and 27 touchdowns at Oregon, Stewart has continued his success by gaining 1,969 yards in two seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

5. Beanie Wells – Wells was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.  His situation with the Cardinals could give him the opportunity to become a steady Pro Bowl running back for years to come.  Wells gained 3382 yards on 585 carries in three years with the Buckeyes.

Bottom 5 of the 5 Stars (Should have been 1 Star)

1. Michael Johnson – 120 carries for 654 yards in four years at Virginia.

2. Darrell Scott – 110 carries for 460 yards in two years at Colorado.  A returning junior for the Buffaloes, he still has time for redemption.

3. Marc Tyler – 41 carries for 270 yards in three years at USC.  Tyler made the mistake of choosing to play for a team loaded with talent at running back.  2010 could be the opportunity he has been waiting for.

4. Kevin Grady – 200 carries for 783 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Michigan Wolverines.

5. James Aldridge – 255 carries for 979 yards in 3 touchdowns during his time at Notre Dame.  Switched to fullback as an upperclassmen.

Different Opinions (Notable running backs who recieved 1 five star ranking)

1. Reggie Bush, USC – Rivals made Bush a five star prep recruit in 2003.  Since he has won a Heisman, Super Bowl, and was selected as an early first round draft pick. Currently with the New Orleans Saints.

2. Lesean McCoy, Pittsburgh – Scout appointed McCoy with five stars in both 2005 and 2006.  Currently with the Philadelphia Eagles.

3. Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois – Scout gave Mendenhall along with 7 other prep running backs five stars in 2006.  Currently playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

5* Running Backs College Rushing Leaders (2002-2009) Player Class School Carries Rushing  Yards TD Avg/Carry Adrian Peterson 2002 Oklahoma- 747- 4045 yds 41 td 5.4 avg. C.J. Spiller 2006 Clemson- 591- 3480 yds 31 td 5.9 avg. Beanie Wells 2006 Ohio State- 585- 3382 yds 30 td 5.78 avg. Noel Devine 2007 West Virginia- 520- 3381 yds 23 td 6.5 avg. Jonathan Stewart 2005 Oregon- 516- 2891 yds 27 td 5.6 avg. Marlon Lucky 2005 Nebraska- 515- 2393 yds 22 td 4.64 avg. Lorenzo Booker 2002 Florida State- 497- 2389 yds 15 td 4.8 avg. Antone Smith 2005 Florida State- 492- 2253 yds 26 td 4.56 avg. Joe McKnight 2007 USC- 347- 2213 yds 13 td 6.3 avg. Ciatrick Fason 2002 Florida- 298- 1783 yds 14 td 5.98 avg. Kregg Lumpkin 2003 Georgia- 352- 1699 yds 14 td 4.82 avg. Stafon Johnson 2006 USC- 271- 1552 yds 19 td 5.72 avg. Gerald Riggs Jr. 2002 Tennessee- 256- 1363 yds 7 td 5.3 avg. Demetris Summers 2003 South Carolina- 212- 1125 yds 4 td 5.31 avg. James Aldridge 2006 Notre Dame- 255- 979 yds 3 td 3.84 avg. Christine Michael 2009 Texas A&M- 166- 844 yds 10 td 5.08 avg. Kevin Grady 2005 Michigan- 200- 783 yds 10 td 3.915 avg. Trent Richardson 2009 Alabama- 145- 751 yds 8 td 5.17 avg. Michael Johnson 2002 Virginia- 120- 654 yds 3 td 5.45 avg. Bryce Brown 2009 Tennessee- 101- 460 yds 3 td 4.55 avg. Darrell Scott 2008 Colorado- 110- 438 yds 1 td 3.98 avg. Marc Tyler 2007 USC- 41- 270 yds 2 td 6.58 avg. Jermie Calhoun 2006 Oklahoma- 45- 220 yds 1 td 4.88 avg. 5* Running Backs NFL Rushing Leaders (2002-2009) Player Class Team Carries Rushing  Yards TD Avg/Carry Adrian Peterson 2002 Minnesota Vikings- 915- 4484 yds 40 td 4.9 avg. Jonathan Stewart 2005 Carolina Panthers- 405- 1969 yds 20 td 4.86 avg. Beanie Wells 2006 Arizona Cardinals- 176- 793 yds 7 td 4.5 avg. Lorenzo Booker 2002 Miami/Philadelphia -58- 178 yds 0 td 3.7 avg. Ciatrick Fason 2002 Green Bay Packers- 50- 161 yds 5 td 3.22 avg.
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~ by philip d. on April 28, 2010.

2 Responses to “Breaking down 5 Star Running Backs 2002-2010”

  1. Stooopid. How the hell can you justify J Stewart being behind those 2? He is a proven NFL commodity.

  2. […] Breaking down 5 Star Running Backs 2002-2010 Every year the emphasis on recruiting  five star players makes headlines and gives football fans false since of hope […] […]

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