With the dominance of spread offenses in college football, a premium has been placed on speed and versatility at all positions, especially running back.
No longer can backs simply take handoffs, lower their shoulders and blast forward. Lateral speed, route running, catching and field vision are all must-have qualities in a modern back.
Last year saw West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin blossom once he began taking more of a running back role. Meanwhile, Kent State's Dri Archer and Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas went the other direction and took on receiving roles in addition to their regular posts in the backfield.
We're going to take a look at some similar dual-threat stars who can do it all out of the backfield.