The SEC returns five 1,000-yard rushers from a year ago plus two more who rushed for more than 800 yards.
It wasn't a running back who led the SEC in rushing last season. Rather, it was a quarterback -- Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. That's the second time in the last three years that a quarterback has been the SEC's leading rusher. Auburn's Cam Newton did it in 2010.
Can Manziel repeat as the SEC's leading rusher, or will defenses force him to stay in the pocket more and beat them throwing the ball?
Obviously, there will be some tape on Manziel going into the season whereas there wasn't any a year ago, but he's still a nightmare to tackle in the open field no matter how much tape is out there.
We'll let you decide in our SportsNation poll if Manziel will again lead the SEC in rushing. He'll have some stiff competition. Georgia's Todd Gurley had 1,385 yards last season as a true freshman, and his entire offensive line returns. Granted, he'll be sharing carries with Keith Marshall.
Something says LSU will unleash Jeremy Hill a lot earlier than the Tigers did a year ago, and Les Miles has already hinted that the 6-2, 235-pound Hill will get as many carries as he can handle in the fall.
Maybe, it's somebody under the radar that rises up and takes the rushing crown in 2013. Who would have guessed that Manziel would be the guy this time a year ago?
Go ahead and cast your vote, and we'll go over the results later this week.