Best Pac-12 Running Backs for 2020

Max Borghi looks to prove that he's the most dynamic player in the Pac-12 in 2020.


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1. Max Borghi - WSU


Max Borghi has become must watch TV every Saturday. Borghi's blend of speed and agility delivers an amazing ability to run the ball both inside and outside the tackles while also being a threat as a receiver. In 2019, Borghi totaled 1414 total yards of offense and 16 touchdowns.

2. CJ Verdell - Oregon


Verdell put together his 2nd consecutive 1000+ yard season in 2019. The Oregon star put together one of his best performances in the Pac-12 Championship when he rushed for 208 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Utes to send the Ducks to the Rose Bowl. During his 2 year career he has totaled 2678 total yards and 20 touchdowns.


3. Jermar Jefferson - Oregon State


You might remember that Jefferson was the 2018 Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year after totaling 1527 yards and 12 touchdowns. Big things were expected for Jefferson in 2019 but he battled an ankle injury that limited him to just 685 rushing yards. Expect him to be healthy again this year and he has the potential to be the best running back in the conference if he is. Even while playing limited time in 2019, Jefferson put together 183 yards vs Hawaii, 132 vs WSU and 105 vs Arizona.


4. Christopher Brown Jr - California


Christopher Brown Jr. has largely flown under the radar when the top running backs in the Pac-12 are discussed but expect the 230lb bruising runner to steal the spotlight this season. Due to his size he can wear a defense down throughout the game as he did to the Huskies in an upset win last season. In the final 2 games of 2019, the Junior totaled 266 yards of offense.


5. Richard Newton - Washington


The Washington offense mostly featured Newton in short yard situations last season due to his extremely physical running style. His rushing style can feel similar to Marshawn Lynch with how he just consistently churns his legs and arms to keep driving forward. This season he will be UW's feature running back with Salvon Ahmed off to the NFL. In limited duty last season, Newton managed 514 yards of offense and 11 touchdowns.