T3. Nick Wilson, Arizona Wildcats
Avinash Kunnath: Wilson is perfect for shredding yards in this system. Wilson had huge games almost all year, and the ones in which he didn't, the WIldcats ended up struggling. Wilson's consistency is going to be key to Arizona taking the next step as Anu Solomon develops into his role.
Jack Follman: When you make the loss of Ka'Deem Carey not that big of a deal, you are special. Like Carey, Wilson is a big, tough runner with speed that I see rushing for 2,000 yards in a season before he goes to the NFL.
T3. Royce Freeman, Oregon Ducks
Avinash Kunnath: Freeman looks like the feature player for what will be a STACKED Ducks backfield. The stats won't back it up, but Freeman is the biggest difference maker as a pure runner. He bruises and batters the opposition and gets the Ducks some tough yards.
Jack Follman: Freeman is an absolute load who also has that ultra rare speed for a guy of his size. He is the next Jonathan Stewart in Eugene and expect him to put up some ridiculous numbers in 2015 with the Ducks breaking in a new quarterback, likely leading them to lean on the run a bit more.
2. Paul Perkins, UCLA Bruins
Avinash Kunnath: With defenses keyed in on Brett Hundley, Perkins ripped off an incredibly underrated season. Perkins will have to be the focus of UCLA's offense as they break in a new quarterback, but he has proven to be very adept at churning out the yards in open spaces.
Jack Follman: Perkins quietly led the Pac-12 in rushing in 2014 and is that running back that doesn't blow you away with anything in particular, but then you check the box score and he has 180 something yards.
1. Devontae Booker, Utah Utes
Avinash Kunnath: Booker had such a great season. With Travis Wilson and Kendal Thompson having occasional struggles, Booker just powered Utah's offense to so many huge wins and kept the Utes in Pac-12 South title contention through early November. Booker will be the key to another dark horse campaign for the South.
Jack Follman: I thought Booker was gone to the NFL. He is perfect for Utah's offense in that he can carry a large load to take the pressure off their questionable quarterbacking and is a consistent runner that can help them hold onto the ball and maximize their defense's impact with time of possession. Then he is like a good NFL running back that cracks open a 20-25 yard burst when you least expect it.