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For the running backs, I was lucky enough to speak to several running back coaches at major schools and a few guys with big time credentials as far as coaching, recruiting and playing.

What I found here was that, first, it was less complicated than the quarterbacks. 

There obviously are some differences between backs of different sizes and schools will sometimes take more than one back, and depending on what they already had on the roster, schools will take different style backs in different years as well. One school for instance, told me they only had room for a power back this year, so they passed on some good backs who didn’t fit their need in the given year. 

That said, for the most part, they were all looking for the same things. Every coach for instance, mentioned “burst.” No coach necessarily wanted great forty times or track times, but football speed came up multiple times

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