1. Max Borghi (Washington State)
The ultimate dual-threat option, Max Borghi missed almost all of the 2020 season with a back injury, but should return to Nick Rolovich’s offense as the top overall talent, a main reason he landed on both the Doak Walker and Biletnikoff Award watch lists prior to last season. During a healthy 2019 campaign, Borghi totaled 817 yards on the ground on a workhorse 127 carries with 11 scores, while also catching 86 passes for 597 yards and 5 touchdowns.
2. Jarek Broussard (Colorado)
One of the breakthrough stars of the 2020 campaign in the Pac-12, Jarek Broussard averaged over 149 yards per game on the ground for the Buffs in his first mostly healthy go-round at Colorado. For those who missed his 301 yard display against Arizona and the 5’ 9” back finishing the season with four straight games of 120+ yards, it’s best to learn his name now before he’s carving up your team’s defense.
3. CJ Verdell (Oregon)
Flanked by his running mate Travis Dye, the main reason CJ Verdell isn’t even closer on the heels of Max Borghi for the top spot, Verdell would also be more well-liked if he didn’t play on a certain in-state rival who shall not be named. His breakaway speed from the line of scrimmage and his ability to make quick decisions in the Ducks offense to find holes makes him one of the country’s more consistent and stable tailbacks. Expect him to be even better in 2021.
4. Calvin Turner (Hawai’i)
Like Borghi, Calvin Turner’s versatile talents is what makes him so revered for the Rainbow Warriors, as a piece of the multi-dimensional Hawai’i offense that is always a big-play threat. Through the 2020 campaign, Turner ran the ball 60 times for 331 yards and caught 33 passes for 546 yards, racking up 10 touchdowns in just nine games of action. A solid-sized back at 6’ 1”, 200 pounds, Turner is the type of guy who can really turn a game on it’s head in an instant.
5. Austin Jones (Stanford)
Austin Jones is a prototypical solid Stanford running back who is listed at 5’ 10”, 200 pounds and is always ready to push through holes at the line of scrimmage behind the Cardinal’s massive linemen. In 2020, Jones lead the Pac-12 in rushing touchdowns with 9 scores on the ground en route to being named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention by the league’s coaches. Jones will need to anchor a Stanford offense that will be looking for reliable pieces to trust come the Fall.