With many college teams running the spread offense, quickness and speed have become the primary requirements for running back prospects. However, not every runner has that kind of style.
Rough and rugged running backs are not extinct, evidenced by several prospects in the 2014 class. These types of runners have the strength and power to physically punish defenses.
A recruit in North Carolina has explosive strength at contact, while a running back in New Orleans has the power to carry defenders. Plus, a running back from Texas runs with so much power that he may be converted to another position.