SEC: Rafael Little
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
In working on the story on Arkansas' amazing Michael Smith earlier this week, it dawned on me how many good dual-purpose running backs the SEC has produced.
Smith, the Hogs' mighty mite, has a chance to become the first player in SEC history to rush for 1,200 yards and catch 40 or more passes in the same season.
A long list of SEC running backs, though, have rushed for 1,000 yards and also caught 30 or more passes in the same season.
Florida has cranked out a bunch of those guys. Errict Rhett, Ciatrick Fason, John L. Williams, Neal Anderson, Fred Taylor and Robert Gillespie were all great run-and-catch guys. Rhett had 55 catches in 1992 and also rushed for 903 yards that season. Williams had 44 catches in 1985.
More recently, Kentucky's Rafael Little had seasons in 2007 and 2006 where he rushed for 1,000 yards and also caught 40 or more passes. The Wildcats' Artose Pinner had 1,414 yards rushing and 37 catches in 2002.
At Alabama, Johnny Musso, Siran Stacy and Dennis Riddle were all members of the 1,000-yard/30-catch club during a season. In 1970, Musso ran for 1,137 yards and caught 30 passes, which was rare in those days.
Who could forget Dalton Hilliard, Kevin Faulk and Gary James at LSU? And what about Arian Foster's season a year ago at Tennessee. He just missed having a 1,200-yard/40-catch season when he finished with 1,193 yards rushing and 39 catches. Stanley Morgan played wingback at Tennessee in the 1970s and is the only Vol to have 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving for his career.
One of the best ever was Arkansas' Gary Anderson, but he never played in the SEC. The Hogs were in the old Southwest Conference when he was doing his thing from 1979-82.
Let me know who all I've forgotten.