- Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.
Running back is typically a leading position when it comes to freshmen participation in college football. This season is no exception. Through three weeks, four of the nation's top 52 rushers (quarterbacks excluded) hail from the freshman class. Two of those rookie standouts -- Georgia's Knowshon Moreno and Alabama's Terry Grant -- will square off in the key SEC interdivisional battle in Tuscaloosa this Saturday night.
Neither Mark Richt nor Nick Saban has been hesitant to lean on their young premier backs to this point. So there's good reason to believe Moreno and Grant will play a critical role in the outcome of this weekend's game.
In order to get a true feel for what to expect from these youngsters in such a pressure cooker of an environment, I broke down the tape of each back's biggest collegiate game to date. Not exactly a difficult decision considering there were only six games from which to choose. For Moreno it was the 16-14 loss versus South Carolina two weeks ago. For Grant it was this past Saturday night's 41-38 win versus Arkansas.
22hBrett McMurphy and Adam Rittenberg
1dMax Olson and Mark Schlabach