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High-stepping into the 2012 season, Wisconsin's recording-setting RB Montee Ball leads a pack of powerful running backs who will have to earn every yard -- and postseason award -- they pick up on the path to a title. 


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A Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011, Montee Ball returns looking for hardware and records as a senior. Last season, he tied Barry Sanders' NCAA record with 39 touchdowns, collecting 33 on the ground. He also set the FBS mark with at least two TDs in 13 consecutive games. Ball led the nation in yards from scrimmage, finishing with 2,229 yards including the top rushing total in the country and third-best in the school record book with 1,923 yards on the ground. Against ranked teams, Ball continued to excel, posting 164.0 rushing yards per game and adding 15 scores. Equally as impressive as his 61 career touchdowns is this stat: He has not lost a fumble in 617 career touches. 
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One of several rushers who suffered an injury last year, Marcus Lattimore returns with the expectation that, if healthy again, he could challenge for the Heisman Trophy. His history proves he should at least be in the conversation. Last year, he was injured in the seventh game but had already gained 818 yards (116.9 per game) and 10 touchdowns. The totals pushed him over the 2,000-yard mark in his career -- especially thanks to his career-best 246-yard performance against Navy. They also gave him 30 total touchdowns in less than two full seasons.  
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No one in the FBS ranks has put up quieter back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons than Stepfan Taylor. It's easily understood considering he was behind NFL No. 1 pick Andrew Luck in each of the past two years. Now, he has a chance to add to his 2,770 career rushing yards and 27 TDs with the stage all to himself. His 1,330 yards last season was second in school history and made him only the third Stanford back to top 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.  
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Ray Graham may have been in the mix for national awards last fall had he not suffered a season-ending right knee injury in the eighth game of the year. To that point, Graham was second in the nation in rushing, collecting 958 yards for a 5.8-yards-per-carry average and 134.1 yards per game. He also had nine touchdowns and added 200 yards receiving as a multiple threat out of the backfield. Among his early season highlights were a pair of 200-yard rushing games (226 vs. USF; 201 vs. Buffalo).   
 
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Not many people outside the Tar Heel State knew what to expect from Giovani Bernard before the season started. By the time 2011 was complete, he was known as one of the top freshmen rushers in the country. After redshirting his first year at North Carolina because of a torn ACL on the third day of practice, he returned last season to lead all freshmen with 1,253 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. 
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QB Brandon Weeden and WR Justin Blackmon are gone, but Oklahoma State will not be without some experienced offensive punch as Joseph Randle returns after an explosive sophomore campaign. A year ago, Randle was fourth nationally in scoring with 12.0 points per game. He added 24 rushing touchdowns and 1,216 yards on the ground. Those numbers came a year after posting 452 rushing yards and three TDs as a freshman.
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A Maxwell Award candidate as one of the country's top running backs, Zach Line enters 2012 looking to build on a strong junior season which saw him post 100-yard rushing games in eight of 10 contests. Line finished with the season with 1,224 yards. His per-game average of 122.4 yards ranked him seventh in the nation. He also was ninth nationally in scoring, leading Conference USA with 10.2 points per game while setting a school single-season mark with 17 rushing scores.
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Rex Burkhead is a throwback to the powerful I-back days of the past in Lincoln. He has quietly gained 2,654 rushing yards and 25 TDs in his career. A year ago, Burkhead ranked 19th nationally with 104.1 yards per game on the ground -- his 1,357 yards were the seventh most in NU single-season history behind seven 100-yard performances. This powerful back is also a strong receiver and pass blocker, and has run the Huskers' version of the Wildcat offense.  
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Knile Davis hasn't seen live action in more than a year after suffering a season-ending injury during the first week of 2011 fall camp. Davis has high expectations this season as his 2010 numbers had him as a early sleeper candidate for the Heisman Trophy last season. As a sophomore, Davis led the SEC with 1,322 rushing yards, which put him fourth in program history. His 101.7 rushing yards per game went along nicely with 13 rushing touchdowns. 
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