Top 10 returning Nashville area high school RBs

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Top 10 returning Nashville area high school running backs

Top 10 returning Nashville area high school running backs

With spring football in full swing, here’s a look at some of the top returning running backs in Middle Tennessee for the upcoming 2016 high school football season, as ranked by The Tennessean’s Michael Murphy:

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10. Austin Collier

Austin Collier, Mt. Juliet Christian

Austin Collier, Mt. Juliet Christian

Mt. Juliet Christian, Senior
Ht: 
6-1 Wt: 215

Why chosen: Collier, a 2015 All-East/Middle District 1 selection, ran for 1,201 yards and 12 touchdowns on 135 carries for the Saints last season.

Austin Collier #10 2015 RB Highlight

9. Emari Barton

Emari Barton, Cane Ridge

Emari Barton, Cane Ridge

Cane Ridge, Senior
Ht:
5-9 Wt: 175

Why chosen: Barton, a 2015 All-Region 6-5A selection, racked up 1,207 yards rushing, 338 yards receiving and scored five total touchdowns for the Ravens, who reached the eight-win mark for just the second time in program history.

Emari Barton Junior Highlights

8. Taveruis Travis

Taverius Travis, Overton

Taverius Travis, Overton

Overton, Senior
Ht: 
6-0 Wt: 200

Why chosen: Travis, a 2015 All-Region 3-6A selection, carried 143 times for 931 yards and three touchdowns last season, helping lead the Bobcats to a 7-5 record and a Class 6A second-round playoff appearance.

Junior Highlights

7. Ke’Juan Vaughn

Ke'Juan Vaughn, Pearl-Cohn

Ke’Juan Vaughn, Pearl-Cohn

Pearl-Cohn, Senior
Ht: 
5-8 Wt: 170

Why chosen: Vaughn, the younger brother of Illinois freshman Ke’Shawn Vaughn, tallied 1,253 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns on 195 carries a season ago, and the 2015 All-Region 5-4A selection also hauled in 10 receptions for 123 yards.

The KeJuan Story 2015

 

6. Lazarius Patterson

Lazarius Patterson, Oakland

Lazarius Patterson, Oakland

Oakland, Senior
Ht: 
6-0 Wt: 190

Why chosen: Patterson, a 2015 All-Region 2-6A selection, carried 223 times for 1,441 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, helping lead the region champion Patriots to a 12-2 record and a Class 6A semifinal appearance.

2015 SEASON JUNIOR YEAR

 

5. T.J. Carter

T.J. Carter, Stratford

T.J. Carter, Stratford

Stratford, Senior
Ht: 
5-11 Wt: 180

Why chosen: Carter, a three-star prospect and 2015 All-Region 6-5A selection, ran for 1,004 yards and 10 touchdowns on 142 carries last season for Hendersonville before transferring to Stratford.

Junior highlights

 

4. Casey Perkins

Casey Perkins, Smyrna

Casey Perkins, Smyrna

Smyrna, Senior
Ht: 
5-11 Wt: 205

Why chosen: Perkins, a three-star prospect and 2015 All-Region 2-6A selection, racked up 1,422 yards and 24 touchdowns on 222 carries a season ago, helping lead the Bulldogs to a 9-4 record and a Class 6A quarterfinal appearance.

“I Am Who I Am” Junior Year

 

3. Jordan Mason

Jordan Mason, Gallatin

Jordan Mason, Gallatin

Gallatin, Senior
Ht: 
6-0 Wt: 205

Why chosen: Mason, a three-star prospect according to 247Sports, ran for 1,606 yards and 19 touchdowns for the 4-6 Green Wave last season, and the 2015 Region 6-5A Offensive MVP also hauled in six receptions for 100 yards and a score.

#27 Jordan Mason 6’0″ 205 C/O 17′

2. Antwuan Branch

Antwuan Branch, Kenwood

Antwuan Branch, Kenwood

Kenwood, Senior
Ht: 
5-11 Wt: 200

Why chosen: Branch, a three-star prospect and the 2015 All-Midstate first-teamer, eclipsed the 200-yard mark six times last season and finished with a Midstate-leading 2,595 yards and 27 touchdowns for the 8-4 Knights.

Antwuan Branch-RB/LB-2015-JR-Season

 

1. Ty Chandler

Ty Chandler, Montgomery Bell Academy

Ty Chandler, Montgomery Bell Academy

Montgomery Bell Academy, Senior
Ht: 
5-11 Wt: 190

Why chosen: Chandler, a 2017 U.S. Army All-American and last year’s DII-AA Mr. Football Back of the Year, carried the ball a Midstate-leading 347 times for 2,585 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2015, helping lead the Big Red to a second-straight BlueCross Bowl appearance.

Junior Season Highlights

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