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Freshman RBs often make immediate impact in SEC

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette says his expectations this season are "to rush for 1,000 yards, be All-SEC, be All-America and be a Heisman Trophy candidate."

The Southeastern Conference's recent history suggests his first goal is very much within reach.

Over the last four years, eight true freshmen nationwide have rushed for at least 1,000 yards. Five were from the SEC: South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore and Auburn's Michael Dyer in 2010, Georgia's Todd Gurley and Alabama's T.J. Yeldon in 2012 and Arkansas' Alex Collins in 2013.

That trend could continue this season.

Five of the top eight 2014 running back or all-purpose back prospects as rated by Rivals signed with SEC schools: Fournette, Auburn's Roc Thomas, Georgia teammates Sony Michel and Nick Chubb and Tennessee's Jalen Hurd.