Travis Etienne Clemson
On a night where QB Trevor Lawrence was sub-par, Etienne put the team on his back and carried them to this win. Etienne put his name into the Heisman race as he displayed outstanding vision and patience in a 205-yard, 3 touchdown game. He had touchdown runs of 14, 48 and 90 yards. Add in the nine missed tackles and this turned into a great evening for Etienne. If you consider that he only ran the ball 12 times, a 17.1 yards per carry average, this makes this performance so much more dominant.
Chuba Hubbard Oklahoma State
Hubbard had the most yards of any running back or quarterback in the first game of the 2019 CFB season. Hubbard ran for 221 yards on 26 carries, an 8.5 yards per carry average, and added 3 touchdowns on the ground. Hubbard’s touchdown runs happened on carries of 2, 6 and 53 yards. Cowboys fans on social media were talking about the amazing performance from Hubbard and some were even worried he might be leaving after this season. Hubbard finished last season with a career-high 221 rushing yards and is now well on his way to a 1,000+ yard season.
Isaih Pacheco Rutgers
The Sophomore from Vineyard, NJ was able to put his team on his back and stave off what would have been an embarrassing loss to Massachusetts. The Scarlet Knights were down 14-0 and 21-7 at different points during the game. Pacheco finished with a stat line of 20 carries for 156 yards and 4 touchdowns. Pacheco scored the initial touchdown for Rutgers. He then owned the Minutemen during the second quarter with 3 touchdowns in 10 minutes to give Rutgers a 38-21 lead at halftime. Not bad for someone who came into the game with 3 career touchdowns.
Raheem Blackshear Rutgers
Hold on! There are multiple running backs from Rutgers on this list? That sounds kind of silly when it is said out lout. Blackshear is on this list not for what he did in the running game (12 carries 39 yards) but for what he did in the passing game to help the Scarlet Knights to break their current 11 game losing streak. Blackshear was selected to the Pro Football Focus (PFF) Big Ten Team of the Week after catching 9 receptions for 126 yards and 1 touchdown last Friday. The combination of Blackshear and Isaih Pacheco will work wonders for Rutgers this season.
Josh Johnson Louisiana Monroe
In a week that features so many big rushing performances to choose from, Johnson makes this list thanks in part to his insane efficiency. Coming into the game, Johnson only averaged just 3.6 yards per carry for his career. Obviously that number will go way up do to his performance. The Warhawks running back ran for 173 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on only 10 carries. Johnson’s touchdowns came on carries of 51 and 37 yards respectively. Every time Johnson touches the ball he has the opportunity to take it to the house. His 17.3 yards per attempt leads CFB after week 1.