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Duke Johnson and Karlos Williams will not be the only ACC running backs to watch in 2014. T.J. Logan at North Carolina hit his stride in the final stretch of the 2013 campaign and is looking to pick up where he left off. In the same league, Virginia's Kevin Parks will be seeking to build on last year as well.
Another back who showed promise and deserves to be on everyone's radar is Baylor's Shock Linwood. Forced into heavy action a season ago, he responded well, including logging back-to-back 180-plus yard games against Oklahoma and Texas Tech. This year, he will have to be consistent as he looks to top 1,000 yards as the Bears' feature back.
Linwood is not the only back to look forward to in the Big 12, as Texas returns its stable for new head coach Charlie Strong to use in an effort to grind opponents down. Malcolm Brown led all Texas rushers a season ago, coming on strong with three 100-yard games to end the season. He got the carries after then-leading rusher Johnathan Gray went down with an injury.
Brown and Gray are back in the mix, and as long as Gray is healthy, the Longhorns should have one of the country's best duos at the position.
Other players that the nation will get to know include Jamaal Williams at BYU and Jeremy Langford at Michigan State. Additionally, this could be a breakout season for Notre Dame's Tarean Folston. He showed promise once he received steady touches in 2013. Now the primary back, he should be ready for a heavier load.