Even if the running game is turning into a lost art in the NFL, that's certainly not the case in college football. Last season, there were stud running backs all across the board at every level. Take a look at some of the most stellar freshman performances from last season in the FCS. These now-sophomores should be front-and-center week-in and week-out this season.
An overall combination of individual statistic, and team rankings determined this list. All featured were also finalists for the Freshman of the Year Award.
5. Thomas Jefferson, BR-60 Delaware
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After injuries to two backs ahead of him on the depth chart, Thomas Jefferson ended up one of the top backs in the CAA and won Co-Offensive Rookie of the Year for the conference. Jefferson played in 11 games, starting seven of them and rushed for 890 yards, good for No. 2 in school history.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Prospect Park, N.J. native averaged five yards per carry and got the ball into the end zone seven times.
Jefferson has 194 yards and a touchdown through two games this season, despite not being the starter.