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Cal running backs headline talented tandems

Todd McShay takes a look at some of the top running back tandems in the nation for 2006.

Updated: August 14, 2006, 2:04 PM ET
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
Cal's talented duo of Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett are primed for huge seasons. Auburn tailback Kenny Irons headlines the Tigers' immense backfield depth, while Michigan could rely on a three-headed rotation this fall. Here are some more of the nation's top running back tandems:

1. California Golden Bears
Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett

Lynch rushed for 1,246 yards despite missing two games with injuries and sharing time with Forsett last season. While Lynch is unquestionably the more explosive back, Forsett averaged 1.2 yards more per carry as the backup. Cal has more experience in the passing game and that should help spread defenses out this year. If that's the case, Lynch and Forsett could combine for nearly 3,000 rushing yards after notching 2,245 in 2005.

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