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Boston College Football: Five Toughest Opposing Running Backs Of 2015

A look at some of the difficult running backs of 2015.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Boston College's running defense was one of the best in the country in 2014.  The 2nd ranked defense finished just behind Michigan State, allowing 94 yards on the ground per game. Looking ahead, BC should have an elite running defense in 2015, but what five running backs could give the Eagles the biggest challenge in 2015?

5. Joel Bouagnon- Northern Illinois Huskies. I almost wanted to put down quarterback Drew Hare on this list, as he ran for 900 yards last year, but decided to stay true to the format. NIU lost their leading rusher last year in Cameron Stingily, but Joel Bouagnon should be a more than adequate filler. As a backup he averaged a little over 10 carries a game, and 50 yards per game. He finished 2014 with 5 touchdowns, 4 of them were against Presbyterian in the opener.

4. Shadrach Thornton- N.C. State Wolfpack- As much as the press is pumping Jacoby Brissett, it could be Thornton who has a break out year for the Wolfpack. As a junior he ran for 906 yards, including an impressive 161 against UNC in their rivalry game. He was a complete non factor against Boston College (then again the Wolfpacks entire running game was), but if NC State can open up the passing game, it could lead to a bigger game for Thornton.

3.. Wayne Gallman- Clemson Tigers.  Last year he was pretty much held in check by the Eagles who kept him to one touchdown and 39 yards on the ground. However that was with Cole Stoudt at quarterback. I expect with Deshaun Watson manning the offense he will be much more explosive against BC. Against Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks, he was a game changer, rushing for 191 yards as Clemson stomped USC.

2. Brandon Radcliffe- Louisville Cardinals. Absolutely killed BC last year in what amounted to the Eagles worst game against the run all season. Radcliffe finished the game with 50 yards on the ground, but it was the two TD's that put the nail in the coffin for BC.  He has a real knack for finding the end zone, and with a Bobby Petrino offense surrounding him, he could put up All ACC numbers this year.

1. Dalvin Cook- Florida State Seminoles. Has to be the most dynamic running back of the group. A former 5* recruit, he showed the world last year that he was worthy of his rankings, leading FSU with 1008 yards on the ground, and eight touchdowns (2nd in the ACC among freshman, 1st being Jon Hilliman). The scariest part of Cook's game is speed, which is electric. BC struggled against him last year in Tallahassee, but Jimbo Fisher didn't go to him as much as maybe he should have as he finished with only 14 carries.