Whether it's in a pro-style offense or out of the spread, the SEC is still a run-first, power conference that boasts elite running backs who are critical pieces of the puzzle for their respective teams.
The 2014 season will be no different, despite the fact that several stars—including LSU's Jeremy Hill, Auburn's Tre Mason and Missouri's Henry Josey—have moved on to greener pastures in the NFL.
Georgia's Todd Gurley, South Carolina's Mike Davis and Alabama's T.J. Yeldon all placed in the top five in rushing yards per game in 2013 and will be back for more this year.
Who are the top five SEC running backs heading into spring based on previous success and 2014 potential? Our picks are in this slideshow.
* Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer for Bleacher Report. All college statistics are courtesy of CFBStats.com.