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Bull Run All Decade Team: Running Backs

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As the Decade comes to a close it’s time to step back and take a look at the players who made this, on the whole, a very fun decade for UB sports fans

The Editors have picked the first and second team members, you the Bull Run community can name your choice for honorable mention in the comments below.

Running Backs

First Team:

The only hard part about picking the top two backs was what order to do them in, so we took the cowards way out and named two first team backs and two second team backs.

The first pick was Jaret Patterson, who just smashed the UB single season rushing record and is well on his way to a career mark which will also be the best UB has ever seen.

Patteron’s YPC is second only to the great Willie Evans, and he’s more than a half yard ahead of any back in the top ten for carries.

The person that Patterson is chasing is Branden Oliver, who emerged from a stable early in Jeff Quinn’s coaching tenure and because “the guy” on the offense.

Oliver ran the ball an insane number of times, 866 times, during his career and found the endzone 33 times. Almost 200 times more than James Starks.

After his UB career he was picked up as a free agent by the chargers and worked his way into the starting lineup before an injury shortened his career.

Second Team:

This was not a unanimous, but the two biggest recipients of votes were:

Anthone Taylor who was a contemporary of Oliver and took over the starting job when Oliver left the Bulls. In his first season as the starter Taylor ran for 1,400 yards and five yards per carry. He finished at Buffalo with more than 2,000 rushing yards.

When Taylor left Jordan Johnson, jumped in and put up his own 1,000 plus yard season. Johnson had split the 2015 workload with Taylor, running for 800 but in 2016 it was his show and he piled up 1040 yards on 200 carries.

Also receiving votes was Kevin Marks who, while young, is already in the top ten all time for yards at Buffalo.

So what do you guys think? Who should be getting honorable mention?