Top 5 Freshman Runningbacks

#4 Onterio McCalebb — Auburn

McCalebb is in a similar situation to Giles. McCalebb enrolled this spring at Auburn and went through spring drills, and Auburn has a serious need for playmakers in the offensive backfield. The tailback from Fort Meade, Florida, spent last year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. That time at Hargrave should have helped McCalebb mature and prepare for life in the SEC. Auburn has a new coaching staff willing to give everyone an opportunity, and McCalebb will have a great chance to see playing time this fall. The Tigers return senior Ben Tate, junior Mario Fannin and sophomore Eric Smith at running back. None of those players are good enough to keep McCalebb off the field if the coaching staff believes he’s ready to play. McCalebb’s 70-yard touchdown run in the spring game showed his big-play ability, something we didn’t see from the Auburn offense last fall. I’m not forgetting about Dontae Aycock, another talented tailback who signed with Auburn in February. I gave McCalebb the edge because he’s already at Auburn, but Aycock can play as well. The Tigers will give all of their young players plenty of opportunities.

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