To avoid any hint of partiality or bias, this list ranks the top five returning SEC rushers based on one measurement alone—their rushing average versus the 50 stingiest rushing defenses in the nation in 2009.
Notably, one wide receiver makes the list. Quarterbacks were excluded.
The usual rankings of players based on total rushing yards is one way to determine a running back's value to his team, but this list is meant to tell a different story—which running backs have the most grit? Which rushers excel against the most intimidating defenses in the nation?
So kick back and be ready for some surprises as you enjoy this slideshow and get geared up for SEC Football 2010!