NCAA Football 13 Player Ratings: Best Running Backs to Use in Game

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2012

NCAA Football 13 Player Ratings: Best Running Backs to Use in Game

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    While some gamers love using a great passing attack, a few running backs are too good to pass up in NCAA Football 13.

    A good running attack can neutralize the defense and keep the opposing offense off the field for longer.

    These players have earned plenty of respect from what they have done on the football field, and their likeness in the video game is rewarded with great ratings.

    While college editions do not show actual names, it is easy to figure out which players are represented when they are this talented.

    Note: This video provides a sneak peak at the player ratings for the game. 

Eddie Lacy, 91

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    Alabama HB No. 42

    When Mark Ingram left for the NFL, Trent Richardson was ready to take over the starting job at Alabama and dominated the SEC. Now, Eddie Lacy is ready to do the same thing a year later.

    In his limited playing time, he has displayed a great combination of speed and power that can make fans forget about the running backs before him.

    He has averaged over seven yards per carry in each of his first two seasons. Now is his chance to shine full time. 

Rex Burkhead, 93

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    Nebraska HB No. 22

    While quarterback Taylor Martinez is the focal point of the Nebraska offense, he would not be effective with a great running back behind him.

    That is where Rex Burkhead comes in as one of the more underrated players in the nation.

    He finished the year with 1,357 yards and 15 touchdowns; each place among the top 20 in all of football. 

    This backfield helps create arguably the best option attack in all of football, which could be deadly if used correctly in the video game. 

Christine Michael, 94

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    Texas A&M HB No. 33

    Christine Michael receives a lot of respect from the creators of the video game after sharing the backfield with Cyrus Gray for the last couple of years.

    Before missing the last few games of the season, Michael showed he was capable of taking over games. Against Arkansas, the running back totaled 230 yards on the ground with three touchdowns. 

    He is ready for the SEC and will be a key part of the Aggies' transition to the tougher conference. 

Kenjon Barner, 94

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    Oregon HB No. 24

    For the last two seasons, LaMichael James was the star of the Oregon offense. However, it is important to note that the Ducks had one of the deepest backfields in the country last year.

    Kenjon Barner has steadily improved with increased playing time in each of his three years with the team, topping out at 939 rushing yards last season. 

    In the two games that James was out, he exploded for a total of 286 yards and three touchdowns. 

    Oregon is all about team speed, and Barner will use his to be next in line for a big year in the backfield.

Silas Redd, 95

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    Penn State HB No. 25

    During a tough season on and off the field for Penn State, Silas Redd was one of the highlights for an offense that could never get much going.

    The team generally leaned on the speedy back, as he totaled 244 carries on the season. The next closest player was Stephfon Green with 61.

    His toughness is difficult to measure in video game form, but the creators did the junior justice by giving him a solid rating. 

Montee Ball, 98

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    Wisconsin HB No. 28

    There is no one that can doubt that Montee Ball is the best running back in football coming into the 2012 season.

    He led the nation in both rushing yards and touchdowns last season and frankly, there was no one close.

    Without quarterback Russell Wilson, Wisconsin will need to lead on him even harder next season. With additional carries, he could be one of the few prestigious members of the 2,000-yard club.

    Ball is an early contender for the Heisman Trophy and he should help any player win in NCAA Football 13.