While spread offenses and single-back formations are more and more common, the value of having two great rushing threats in the backfield cannot be undersold.
Here are 12 teams that have a pair of backs who give their teams a potent 1-2 rushing attack. The players are listed with rushing attempts, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
RB Voltaire Driver: 177-1,191-16
QB Trent McClure: 128-784-2
Notes: Driver rushed for 1,658 yards as a sophomore but missed much of his junior year with an arm injury. The fullback a four-year starter. McClure is a two-year starter bidding for a 1,000-yard rushing season of his own.
RB Corey Holloway: 121-862-6
RB Sedrick Palmer: 103-593-8
Notes: Both play significant roles on defense. Palmer, a linebacker, is the team’s leading tackler (10.3 per game). Holloway has 19 catches out of the backfield. They manage to put up good numbers numbers in a balanced offense. Eagle’s Landing (6-2) has more than 1,500 yards passing.
QB Mecole Hardman 119-1,146-13
RB Rantious Reed: 76-705-5
Notes: Elbert County (5-2) passes only about six times per game, so this pair accounts for about two-thirds of the team’s total yardage. Hardman (sophomore) and Reed (junior) are underclassmen. Both went over 100 yards against No. 10 North Oconee last week. They’ve got No. 7 Hart County this week.
Emanuel County Institute
RB James Brown: 95-967-16
RB Michael Sutton: 111-936-10
Notes: Both have had 200-yard rushing games this season. ECI (5-2) has put the ball in the hands of one of these two on 217 of 349 snaps this season. Brown is the team’s leading receiver with eight catches for 196 yards and four touchdowns.
QB Ty Clemons: 68-1,105-11
RB Taj Griffin: 79-766-7
Notes: Both have run sub-4.40 times over 40 yards, so it’s doubtful any team has a faster pair of feature runners. Griffin is rated the No. 1 all-purpose back in the country for the class of 2015, according to 247Sports. Clemons, a senior, has several Division I offers. McEachern is 7-1.
QB Stanton Truitt: 73-1,049-16
RB Kwan Brooks: 96-929-14
Notes: No pair on this list has more than this duo’s 30 rushing touchdowns. They are averaging 12.3 yards per carry and scoring touchdowns every 5.6 times they carry the ball. Both are potential 2,000-yard rushers. Brooks rushed for 1,916 yards last season when Truitt missed games injured. Monroe Area is 7-0.
Northside (Warner Robins)
RB Glenn Smith: 84-796-9
RB Willie Jordan: 107-790-15
Notes: Smith was the team’s quarterback last season. Now he can be found in the backfield or split out wide. He has a team-leading 19 catches for 209 yards and three touchdowns. Jordan also is a good receiver with seven catches for 118 yards. Northside is 7-0.
RB Eric Swinney: 97-772-12
RB Delvin Weems: 80-725-12
Notes: Both juniors, they probably are the most heavily recruited pair. Swinney (5-10, 180) has been offered by Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida State and others. Weems (5-8, 180) also is among the top 50 recruits among juniors in Georgia, according to 247Sports. Sandy Creek is a balanced offense with all-state candidates at quarterback and receiver.
QB Chandler Burks: 86-870-12
RB Jae Bowen: 115-687-11
Notes: Unlike other quarterbacks on this list, Burks is a passer first with 1,664 yards through the air, but he has rushed for more than 110 yards in five of seven games and scored at least two touchdowns five times. Bowen has scored at least one touchdown in every game and twice has had games of 28 or more rushing attempts. South Paulding is 6-1.
Thomas County Central
QB Adam Choice: 162-1,236-12
RB Deondre Cooksey: 120-876-12
Notes: This is the only pair of backs with more than 2,000 yards rushing between them. Choice, who is committed to Clemson as a running back, is the leading rusher among quarterbacks in the state and has more than 4,000 yards in his career, but the underrated Cooksey has had a nice career of his own. Thomas Central is 7-1.
RB Daryl Dunlap: 119-819-10
RB Dre Towns: 114-659-6
Notes: Dunlap (6-2, 215) is a two-way starter who has committed to San Diego State. Towns gives Troup another threat in Troup’s two-back offense.
RB Nelson Herring: 64-662-6
RB Malcolm Joseph: 79-544-8
Notes: They could be the best pair of running backs in the highest classification. Both rushed for nearly 1,000 yards last season. Both are dangerous in the return game. Joseph is committed to Georgia State. Valdosta is 5-2.
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