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Ranking The Top Five Big 12 Running Backs Heading into the 2022 Season

Kickoff is right around the corner as the season is set to start in September. Before the games arrive, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the best players in the Big 12 at each position. Today, it’s time to rank the top five running backs in the Big 12 Conference!

 

1. Texas RB Bijan Robinson

When it comes to straight up talent, there is no player in the Big 12 more talented on offense than Bijan Robison. He’s got the size, speed, and agility to make big-time plays on the football field. Bijan went over 1,000 yards last season while dealing with some injuries. He also is capable of making things happen in the passing game as well. If he stays healthy, I don’t think a 2,000-yard (rushing/receiving combined) season is out of the question for him.

2. Kansas State RB Deuce Vaughn

If Bijan Robinson is number one on my list, then look at Deuce Vaughn more like a 1A option instead of number two. Deuce had a monster season in 2021 with 1,404 rushing yards and nearly 500 receiving yards. He also combined for a whopping 22 touchdowns last season. It’s going to be fun comparing Bijan and Deuce all season long and we are truly lucky to have great running backs like these two in the Big 12 Conference.

 

3. Kansas RB Devin Neal

Look! A Kansas player made the top five! All joking aside, Devin Neal is the real deal in Lawrence. As a true freshman last season, he stepped up and was able to rush for over 700 yards behind a below average offensive line. Even the national folks are noticing him as he was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list this year. With one season under his belt, I fully expect Devin to get to that 1,000-yard mark in 2022.

4. TCU RB Kendre Miller

With Zach Evans off to Ole Miss, it’s now Kendre’s time to shine. Last year as a sophomore, Miller finished second on the team with 623 yards, while leading the team with seven touchdowns. Kendre has great speed and showed plenty of explosiveness one season ago. Against Texas Tech, he rushed for 185 yards on just 12 carries. I am going to be very interested to see how TCU Head Coach Sonny Dykes uses him in his offense.

 

 5. Texas Tech RB Tahj Brooks

There were plenty of players worthy of this number five spot, but I am giving the edge to Tahj Brooks here. He is going to split time with SaRodorick Thompson, but I was really impressed with Brooks. He missed four games last season yet still managed to rush for 568 yards and seven scores. Tahj also averaged 6.5 yards per carry as well. He isn’t a guy who is going to outrun everyone, but he is able to lower his shoulder and get those tough yards near the goal line. Now that he’s fully healthy, I believe Tahj can kick it into another gear.

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