January 28, 2008

Ranking The RB Seasons -- #9

#9--Cedric Benson, 2001
Stats: 12 games, 223 carries for 1090 yards (4.7 ypc) and 12 tds.

The season: Ced B came to the 40 Acres as one of the highest ranked running backs in his class. Texas went 11-2 with one of the more disappointing endings of the Mack Brown era, losing to Colorado in the Big XII Championship game with a potential thwacking from Miami in the national championship game on the line. Ced played sparingly in the tune-ups before not playing against Oklahoma, although there's no telling if he would have improved on Ivan Williams' 12 carries for 30 yards. Ced came through the second half of the season, including a 213-yard perspective against mighty Kansas.

The ranking: Ced B in '01 comes in at a very controversial 9th. We'll give you a moment to gasp in amazement/disgust. Ok, carrying on. He shared carries to begin the season, didn't play against Oklahoma, but showed flashes of brilliance that we would see again in the second half of 2003. Despite getting the majority of the running load for only 7 games, Ced finished the year ranked 37th nationally.

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