December 28, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; California Bears running back Isi Sofele (20) celebrates with lineman Dominic Galas (65) following a six-yard touchdown run during the third quarter against the Texas Longhorns in the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Top 6 Running Backs in the Pac-12

The Pac-12 has some very talented Running Backs that go under the radar because nobody is really talked about besides DeAnthony Thomas.


July 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor talks to the media during PAC-12 Media Day at Universal Studios Hollywood. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

1. Stephan Taylor.

Stephan is overall the best back in this conference. He ran for over 1,300 yards this past season and averaged 102.3 yards a game last season.  Some people are going to overlook Stanford because they no longer have Andrew Luck, that’s not a good decision. Stanford didn’t rely on Luck 24/7. Stanford’s game plan is to run the ball and that’s what they will continue to do with Taylor. He’s proved he is very tough to stop but the only issue is people won’t have to worry about Luck anymore.







Jan 2, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner (24) carries the ball in the 2012 Rose Bowl game against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Rose Bowl. Oregon defeated Wisconsin 45-38. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

2. Kenjon Barner  

Barner will definitely see most of the carries for the Ducks this season. Barner played very well last season and almost got 1,000 yards last season. Definitely can do that this season, now that he is the number one guy in Eugene. The fifth year senior and DeAnthony Thomas are the best RB duo in the country. Both will be very hard to stop.

















Nov. 19, 2011; Pullman, WA, USA; Utah Utes running back John White (15) celebrates a touchdown against the Washington State Cougars during the second half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

3. John White IV

White is definitely my favorite RB in this conference. He’s 5’8” and 190 pounds, but his style is  very different. For being as small as he is, he is a bruiser and has the speed to take it to the house every time. White ran for 1,519 yards and 15 touchdowns.










4. Isi Sofele

Sofele ran the ball for 1,322 yards last season along with 10 TD’s. He’s another back that goes a little under the radar but will have to be relied on a lot, If Cal want’s to contend for a Pac-12 title.  Sofele is a very productive back.



















Nov 26, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans tailback Curtis McNeal (22) scores on a 73-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the UCLA Bruins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

5. Curtis Mcneal 

Mcneal is a small back but runs very powerful for a guy his size. Mcneal rushed for over 1,000 yards last season. Mcneal will be a key guy for USC with the addition of Silas Redd, this will be a very dangerous duo.












Jan 2, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks running back DeAnthony Thomas (6) carries the ball past Wisconsin Badgers defensive back Dezmen Southward (12) during the fourth quarter in the 2012 Rose Bowl game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

6. DeAnthony Thomas

DeAnthony isn’t very big and isn’t going to pound you but that’s not necessary. The Black Mamba is one of the fastest players I’ve ever seen. Every time he touches the ball, there’s a good chance that he’ll score. He can play both RB and WR for the Ducks and has very good hands.

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