Starter: CJ Verdell
Backup: Travis Dye
The running back position might be one of the best in the country with CJ Verdell leading the way and Travis Dye backing him up.
Verdell set a lofty goal for himself this season of 2,000 rushing yards and he had just 285 yards and three touchdowns in 2020 and he wasn’t fully healthy. He was coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and he had over 2,200 yards and 18 touchdowns in his first two seasons with Oregon. He should be the starter this season despite Dye out-rushing him last year.
Speaking of Dye, he had 443 yards and a touchdown on a career-best 6.9 yards per carry. He will probably be the best backup in the country and he had nearly 1,400 yards and four touchdowns in his first two seasons.
Seven McGee and Byron Cardwell are talented incoming freshmen who will add depth but when he returns from injury, Sean Dollars is going to be a problem for opposing defenses.
This backfield is scary.