Big 12's top potential running back duos in 2011
Texas A&M: Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael enter the season as the Big 12's top running back duo. Gray rushed for 1,133 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, and he didn't even begin 2010 as the starter. Michael started the season atop the depth chart and rushed for 631 yards in nine games before suffering a broken leg against Texas Tech.
Oklahoma State: Sophomores Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith were key contributors behind All-American running back Kendall Hunter. Questions about their durability and youth remain, but both are proven playmakers. And dynamic true freshman Herschel Sims arrives in the fall.
Oklahoma: When Roy Finch was on the field for the Sooners, he showed flashes of being a playmaker. And true freshman Brandon Williams has impressed since he stepped on campus in Norman as an early enrollee in January.
Texas: Incoming freshman Malcolm Brown will step on campus with unrivaled hype. If he's as good as advertised, he could join Fozzy Whittaker, the Longhorns' No. 1 running back after spring, to become a solid 1-2 duo in Austin.
Missouri: The Tigers have three different running backs who gained 400 or more rushing yards in 2010. De'Vion Moore, Henry Josey and Kendial Lawrence each averaged at least five yards per carry last season and could form a quality duo or even trio for Mizzou this fall.