Auburn has a rich history of outstanding running backs. Since Bo Jackson, nine more Auburn running backs have rushed for over 1,000 yards in a season, including Brent Fullwood, Stephen Davis, Carnell Williams (twice) and Ben Tate.
Auburn Fans are looking to current Tiger running backs Onterio McCalebb, Tre Mason, Corey Grant, Mike Blakely and Jovon Robinson, and also to recent commit Jordan Wilkins, hoping that at least one of them will join the club of Auburn’s 1,000-yard rushers.
Why does Auburn consistently attract talented running backs? Fans and journalists alike often propose Auburn’s tradition of high-profile, successful tailbacks as an answer to this question. To be sure, I imagine Bo Jackson’s Heisman Trophy has been shown to every running back recruit to have visited Auburn since 1985—and now there is a larger-than-life statue of Jackson in front of Jordan-Hare Stadium.
In this slideshow, however, we will listen to the Tigers’ newest tailbacks in an effort to discover why running back recruits love Auburn.