The Florida Gators running back position is probably the deepest position on offense.
Last season, junior Kelvin Taylor carried the load on the ground, leading the team with 1,035 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. With Taylor leaving for the NFL, the Gators will now look to see who will emerge at running back this spring.
Jordan Cronkite and Jordan Scarlett will be favored to carry the load with Kelvin Taylor gone. Both Scarlett and Cronkite combined to rush for 338 yards and five touchdowns in their freshman season.
Joining the group is incoming three star recruit Lamichal Perine from Theodore High School (Alabama) and junior college transfer Mark Thompson (Dodge City Community College).
Thompson has the potential to surprise coaches and fans this spring. The four star transfer ran for 1,298 yards on 268 carries with 18 touchdowns.
Fantasy Alarm contributor Nick Berns brought up a question fans will wonder if Mark Thompson impresses coaches.
How will #Florida divide carries in '16? Talent abound w/ Jordan Cronkrite, Jordan Scarlett & JUCO transfer Mark Thompson.
— Nick Berns (@NickBernsCFB) March 22, 2016
Along with walk-ons Mark Herndon and Case Harrison, this group of running backs will compete this spring to see who will get the starting job in the season opener against Massachusetts on September 3.