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Larry Keith
November 24, 1975
College running backs are on the loose, setting new standards for yardage gained this season that may not be bettered until next
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November 24, 1975

A Dash Into History—for Now

College running backs are on the loose, setting new standards for yardage gained this season that may not be bettered until next

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Sonny Collins, Kentucky. 6', 190. Veer halfback. Averaging 109.7 and 4.7 with a 192 high. Quick, deceptively strong, finds hole well. Lacks blocking and pass-catching experience.

Jimmy DuBose, Florida. 6'1", 218. Wishbone fullback. Averaging 122 and 7.0 with a 204 high. Fine blocker, quick, follows interference well. Has first-round credentials and halfback speed but also halfback size.

Tony Galbreath, Missouri. 6'1", 230. Power I tailback. Averaging 76.7 and 3.9 with a 120 high. After great start, never completely recovered from ankle injury that caused him to miss two games. Punishing runner and good pass catcher but unexceptional speed.

Ike Forte, Arkansas. 6', 199. Veer running back. Averaging 107.4 and 5.7 with 161 high. Flat-footed and bow-legged but has quick acceleration and fine inside skills. Blocks, catches and throws well. Probably better suited to tailback than fullback although he's played both.

Bubba Bean, Texas A&M. 6', 194. Wishbone halfback. Averaging 83.4 and 6.8 with 180 high on nine carries. Fast, durable and good blocker.

Wayne Morris, SMU. 6'1", 195. Wishbone halfback. Averaging 84 and 5.0 with 202 high. The school's alltime leading rusher. Has endurance, balance and ability to shed tackles but is not a breakaway type.

Mike Pruitt, Purdue. 6', 206. I fullback. Averaging 86.4 and 4.1 with 162 high. Fast, strong and quick but needs a lot more experience after playing tackle in high school and irregularly in college. Considered to have untapped potential.

Jim Jensen, Iowa. 6'5", 233. I halfback. Averaging 49 and 6.1 with 202 high. Combines 4.4 speed with good size and blocking ability. Bruised thigh limited his carries, but is worth the risk of a high-round selection.

Herb Lusk, Long Beach State. 6'1", 195. I tailback. Averaging 141.3 and 4.9 with 259 high. Leaped to prominence after a mediocre junior year. Could become another Terry Metcalf, although he will not be drafted as high as others.

Many of the country's best backs are underclassmen like junior Mike Voight of North Carolina and sophomore Earl Campbell of Texas. Neither, however, ranks with Bell and Dorsett, both juniors. The top juniors are:

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