3. RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
As if the Vols won’t see enough elite backs in the SEC this year, Oklahoma’s freakishly-built sophomore Samaje Perine is also on the schedule. He has the chance to be OU’s best back since Adrian Peterson. As a freshman last year, the 5-11, 240-pound back rushed for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns despite not beginning the season as a starter. He had a respectable nine carries for 67 yards against Tennessee, but really burst on the scene the next week against West Virginia with 34 carries for 242 yards and four touchdowns. He had five more 110+ yard games on the season after that point, including an NCAA single-game rushing record against Kansas on Nov. 22 with 427 yards. That one performance inflated his numbers a bit, but he has all the tools to be an All-American in 2015. By the way, Perine also said he’d never heard of Derek Barnett this offseason, so that will be an interesting battle to watch as well.