College Football's 10 Most Durable Returning Running Backs

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College Football's 10 Most Durable Returning Running Backs

If there is one thing that kills a team, it's injuries.

And, going hand in hand with that, if there is one thing that's almost impossible to predict—you guessed it: injuries.

Despite the complete and utter chaos in actually trying to predict who will fall victim to the injury bug, I'm going to attempt to play God—at least in trying to determine who won't be getting hurt in the 2010 season.

Running backs take a beating. No doubt about it.

Other than the quarterback, they touch the ball the most during a game. But, unlike the quarterback, they don't have five linemen protecting them from the defense.

When they get the ball, they rush past their protection and into the waiting arms of a defense that would love nothing less than to lay a vicious hit on them.

So naturally, running backs are among the players who frequent the MRI table the most.

But, there are some backs who just don't seem to go down.

Either through great luck or sheer will, some running backs take carry after carry, put up big numbers, and still take the field every Saturday despite the bumps and bruises.

So, who are these "iron men?" Read on to find out.

(Disclaimer: This article assumes no responsibility for "jinxing" or "cursing" any of the following running backs if they happen to get hurt in 2010.)

Note: Rankings were based on number of carries, total rushing yards, and games missed because of injury in 2009. However, career numbers and injury history also played a role.

To be eligible, running backs had to have either 1,000 yards or 200 carries in the 2009 season. These seemingly arbitrary figures show that backs could handle a heavy workload while also producing good numbers. If any games were missed do to injury last year, the running back was immediately disqualified.

This may not be the most full-proof system for identifying "durable" running backs, but it attempts to identify elite backs who are consistently on the field. Like any top 10 list, good, durable running backs were inevitably left off.

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