Running back committees have been formed in college football to render workhorse backs obsolete. Quite frankly, the position does not feature the level of talent it did as recently as five years ago.
The position's importance has been greatly reduced as it has been phased out in favor of offenses geared to chuck the ball downfield more than 50 times per game. Even with this nationwide philosophical shift towards the air, especially in what's shaping up to be one of the most pass-happy conferences in the NCAA, there are still important pieces of team's offenses still found in their ground attacks.
Here are the top five running backs in the American Athletic Conference for this coming season.