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NFL Draft Rankings 2013: Running Backs

Athlon gets the fans ready for the NFL draft with position by position rankings for 2013.
<p> NFL Draft Rankings 2013: Running Backs</p>

Each year a unique set of prospects enters the professional ranks with a chance to make an immediate impact on the country’s most powerful sport. The 2013 NFL Draft, held April 25-27, won’t be any different. The running back position has become one of the easiest to find in the middle and late rounds each year. For every Adrian Peterson taken in the first round, there has been a Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, Maurice Jones-Drew and Frank Gore. Running backs can be found deep in the draft, and in that sense, this is an excellent running back class. 

Memphis Tigers 2013 Spring Football Preview

Memphis heads into its first season in the Big East with a little momentum.
<p> Memphis Tigers 2013 Spring Preview</p>

While the final record was only 4-8, it was clear Memphis was an improved team in coach Justin Fuente’s first season. The Tigers suffered a disappointing loss to UT-Martin in the season opener but rebounded to win their final three games for 2012. After a disastrous tenure under Larry Porter, Memphis has found the right coach to lead the program into the Big East.

College Football's Top 15 Spring Quarterback Battles for 2013

Oklahoma State is one of the top quarterback battles to watch this spring.
<p> College Football's Top Spring Quarterback Battles for 2013</p>

With spring practice getting ready to start for all 125 college football teams, quarterback battles will now take center stage. For most national title contenders – Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Stanford, Georgia, Notre Dame and Clemson – quarterback isn’t a question mark. However, there are a handful of teams that could be a conference title contender that enter spring practice with uncertainty under center.

College Football's Top 5 Running Backs on the Rise for 2013

Pittsburgh's Rushel Shell is on the rise for 2013.
<p> College Football's Top 5 Running Backs on the Rise for 2013</p>

With spring practice kicking off across the nation, the race to win college football’s 2013 national title has officially started. Although it’s hard to learn everything about a team in spring practice, the next few months are a good opportunity to get a look at how some of the open position battles are shaping up, along with how some of the underclassmen have improved since the end of 2012.

Ranking the Big Ten's Expansion Wish List

Who should the Big Ten target in its search to expand?
<p> Ranking the Big Ten's Expansion Wish List</p>

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is many things, but dumb isn’t one of them.

His conference snaked football blue blood and powerhouse Nebraska from the Big 12 to grow the conference in 2011. He followed that up by stealing ACC founding member Maryland and Rutgers from the fledgling Big East to grow his conference into lucrative television and recruiting territories.

Ranking the Big East's College Football Coaching Jobs for 2013

Louisville ranks as the Big East's No. 1 program.
<p> Ranking the Big East's College Football Coaching Jobs for 2013</p>

We have ranked every college football program in the country, based on the attractiveness of the position from a coaching perspective. We considered many factors — tradition, facilities, location, money  — but in the end, we simply asked ourselves the following question: Where would we want to coach? Today we focus on the Big East.

(Note: Current or impending NCAA sanctions were not a factor in these rankings.)

Ranking the Coaching Jobs in the Big East for 2013