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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
ACC loaded with bruising backs

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Despite the departures of former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller and former Georgia Tech B-back Jonathan Dwyer, the ACC should have no shortage of 1,000-yard rushers this season. Three of the top five rushers from a year ago return, and each of them surpassed the 1,000-yard mark. But don't forget about the return of injured stars Darren Evans and Da'Rel Scott.

For the first time in its 57-year history, the conference will have five returning players who each gained over 1,000 yards rushing in a single season:


The biggest question for this group is what kind of numbers Evans and Williams will produce when used together and sharing the carries. We've seen what they can do when they're not sharing the spotlight. Of the aforementioned players, Harris should have the best offensive line to work with.

Here are the ACC's top three backs with the best chance to join the 1,000-yard club in 2010: