It is not very often that I read something that infuriates me, but this was one of them.
David Kenyon of Bleacher Report recently revealed his top ten running backs for the 2021 College Football season. As expected, players like Breece Hall of Iowa State and Bijan Robinson of Texas were featured on this list, but one Big 12 player was left out. That player is West Virginia’s Leddie Brown.
However, Brown was not left off of the list entirely. Instead, he was featured in the “honorable mentions” category, but that in itself is a crime.
Brown was the lifeline of WVU’s offense last season. As far as he went, so the offense would go with him. He finished as WVU’s first 1,000 yard rusher in three years, compiling 1,010 yards and 9 touchdowns on 199 carries. He also tallied 31 catches for 202 yards and 2 touchdowns coming out of the backfield.
It is hard to argue against how good Leddie was for West Virginia. Actually, it is borderline impossible. Not to sound like a homer, but in all honesty, he is a MUCH better running back than some of the others featured on the list.
Here is Kenyon’s full top ten, via Bleacher Report:
- Breece Hall, Iowa State
- Bijan Robinson, Texas
- Sincere McCormick, UTSA
- Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma
- Chris Rodriguez Jr., Kentucky
- Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota
- Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
- Jarek Broussard, Colorado
- Kevin Marks Jr., Buffalo
- Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State
On this list, I can count at least three to four running back that Leddie Brown deserves a spot over. Nevertheless, a complete lack of respect like this should only fuel the fire that is Brown, and will give him the ammunition to have an outstanding 2021 season.