SEC teams relying heavily on new backs

The youngsters are taking over in Southeastern Conference backfields.

Across the league, young or previously unknown backs helped carry their teams to victories last weekend. And when the games were up for grabs, the balls were in the hands of players like South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore, Alabama’s Trent Richardson and Auburn’s Michael Dyer.

The freshman Lattimore and sophomore Richardson even shared SEC offensive player of the week honors.

Of the league’s Top 10 rushers, only Florida’s Jeffrey Demps and Kentucky’s Derrick Locke led their team in that category last season.

LSU coach Les Miles says running back is a position youngsters can play if they have the talent, the durability to hold up physically and the ability to hold onto the ball.

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