We move on today to #15 - #11. Four of the 5 from this group have topped 1,000 yards in their career. And then there is David Fluellen.
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Stats: 1330 (2011); 1382 (projected 2012)
There are a lot of questions in Palo Alto this season; Taylor is not one of them. He'll top 3,000 career yards if he can keep pace with the model's projection.
14) Lyle McCombs - Connecticut
Stats: 1151 (2011); 1389 (projected 2012)
McCombs had the type of season that a model like this has no hope of predicting. The UConn profile page still says that McCombs will be competing for playing time in the run up to the 2011 season. He's now on the Maxwell Award watch list.
13) David Fluellen - Toledo
Stats: 493 (2011); 1403 (projected 2012)
David Fluellen isn't exactly a household name. But Toledo will lose 1,700 rushing yards from their 2011 backfield, and Fluellen is the only returning back with significant production on his resume.
12) Silas Redd - Penn State
Stats: 1241 (2011); 1404 (projected 2012)
Will he match last years performance? Will he play for Penn State? At least we now know that Penn State will have a football team, but there is still a lot in the air for Redd.
11) Kedrick Rhodes - FIU
Stats: 1149 (2011); 1418 (projected 2012)
Rhodes is the FIU single season rushing champ. Even if Harden and Coleman steal some carries, Rhodes should still rack up impressive stats in 2012.