ACC Position Rankings: Top 10 running backs entering 2015

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Powell is slated to start in 2015 and should get most of the looks at running back. Each year, Powell has earned more and more opportunities to thrive as a running back in Duke’s system. He only saw 28 touches his freshman year, but two years later he earned the starting job and rushed 134 times.

The one obstacle in Powell’s path is Shaun Wilson, who averaged 7.7 yards-per-carry. He had a very solid freshman year and could gradually take the majority of carries. If Powell can brush aside the competition and continue to gradually grow as a player, he should become the No. 1 option at running back.

Last year for Duke, Powell totaled 618 yards and two touchdowns. He was also a solid receiving option, catching 18 passes for 154 yards. The senior has held down the fort at running back for Duke and should have yet another solid season in 2015.

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