Is Jahvid The Best Running Back In The Country?

Jake D'AgostinoCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2009

BERKELEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Jahvid Best #4 of the California Golden Bears runs against Josh Jacobson #90 of the Eastern Washington Eagles at Memorial Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobohn/Getty Images)

Early on in the 2009 college football season, one of the most talked about players in the country has been the red-hot running back from the University of California: Jahvid Best.

Best has been phenomenal since joining the Golden Bears in 2007. He is currently a true junior.

He is solidly built at 5'10", 195 lbs. He also posses blazing speed, as it has been reported that he ran somewhere between 4.30 and 4.40, with multiple sources all having a different time listed.

One thing that everyone agrees on is that Best is a fantastic talent.

Through the third week of the '09 season, Best has a career 2,113 rushing yards, 25 rushing touchdowns, and 7.7 average.

131 of the those yards and 5 of those scores came on September 19, when he led the Bears to victory over Minnesota.

He also has 379 receiving yards and 3 receiving TDs on 47 catches and an 8.1 average.

Jahvid has also been one of the most productive kick returners in the country during his career.

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He holds multiple California statistical records and is on his way to breaking plenty more, including Cal's all-time rushing record.

In 2007, Best was First Team All-Pac 10 on special teams, and in 2008 he was First Team All-Pac 10 on offense, with him being the conference's leading rusher.

That same year, Best was the Emerald Bowl Offensive MVP and an All-America Honorable Mention.

So it's not a surprise that many people have him in the running for the Heisman Trophy.

As of right now, it does not appear that he is in the same class as quarterbacks Tim Tebow, of Florida, Sam Bradford, who plays for Oklahoma and is currently injured, or Colt McCoy from Texas.

But it is too early to count anyone out of the race, especially not Best.

So that brings up the question: Who is the best running back in college football.

Obviously Jahvid is one of the top candidates for this title, but there are plenty of other superb talents out there.

Take Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer or Mark Ingram, Jr. of Alabama. Ryan Williams form Virginia Tech is another contender. Oklahoma back DeMarco Murray also has a strong case to win the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top RB.

And that is just a few, as there are countless other great running backs in college, many of whom will soon be playing on Sundays.

But at this point, I would have to say that the five aforementioned names are the country's best five.

Dwyer was expected to be the best going into the season, and has performed well thus far despite a lingering shoulder injury.

Ingram has come up big for the Tide when they need him most, most notably in the Week One showdown with Virginia Tech. Ingram has also been finding himself in the end zone a lot lately.

Speaking of Virginia Tech, let's talk about the redshirt freshman named Ryan Williams. He has been a touchdown machine in his first three games, and looks like a junior or senior based on the way he has been playing.

And then there is DeMarco Murray. The Sooners took a big hit when when reigning Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Sam Bradford, went down with a shoulder injury in a loss to BYU. But Oklahoma bounced back with two huge blow-outs, and a lot of that is because Murray has really stepped up and carried the load for his team.

Still, Jahvid has already got a staggering nine touchdowns, and the backbone of dominant Cal team, which so far is 3-0.

With that being said, I would have to say that, as of right now, Jahvid Best is, well, the best running back in the country.

This is not yet set in stone, as everything can change with just one game, but right now I give the advantage to Jahvid Best.

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