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Backs to the wall? Go SEC

Big Ten running backs have a history of becoming NFL flops while the SEC has produced late-round stars.

Updated: August 12, 2005, 11:39 AM ET
By Aaron Schatz | Special to Page 2

This NFL offseason has been filled with interesting free-agent signings, topped by last week's announcement that Ron Dayne signed with the Denver Broncos. This may be the weirdest pairing of front man and team since Gary Cherone did that album as lead singer of Van Halen.

The belief that any running back can succeed behind the Denver offensive line is about to get its ultimate test. When he was at Wisconsin, people thought Dayne could run through a brick wall. As my Football Outsiders colleague ...

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