4. Braelon Allen, Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Badgers are no strangers to having fantastic running backs on their roster. Look no further than Johnathan Taylor, who is currently one of the NFL’s best rushers as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
Last year, the Braelon Allen debuted as a four-star freshman and did he ever make a statement. He won two Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards and was named to the All-Big Ten Second team.
In 12 games, Allen ran for over 100 yards eight times. One of those games, against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, he ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries. Overall, Allen logged 1,268 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 6.8 yards per carry (186 carries).
It will be interesting to see how he tops himself in his sophomore year, which will begin on Sept. 3 against Illinois State.
3. Blake Corum, Michigan
The Michigan Wolverines were one of the biggest surprise teams of the 2021 season, behind the Cincinnati Bearcats. They were able to make it to the College Football Playoff for the first time in program history. The running game played a huge role in that, hence why Blake Corum makes it to the third spot on this list.
Corum broke out last season, as he logged 952 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, all the while averaging an impressive 6.6 yards per carry. He was outdone by Hassan Haskins, who ran for 1,327 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Entering this season, Corum is the lead back for the Wolverines, as Haskins is now a running back for the Tennessee Titans. An even more productive year could be in the cards for Corum.