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August 7, 2007
Backup backs often rise to the occasion
Once upon a time, Barry Sanders backed up Thurman Thomas at Oklahoma State.
That's not a bad insurance policy.
That year, the Cowboys never had to rely on Sanders because Thomas was an All-American. In hindsight, they may have wished Sanders had few more touches. In Sanders' only year as a starter he set the NCAA single-season rushing record with 2,625 yards and 39 touchdowns.
A player the caliber of Sanders may not be a backup on any rosters this year, but some teams have an embarrassment of riches at the position.
Last year, Oklahoma learned it had more than just a backup in Allen Patrick. The running back rushed for 761 yards last year while Adrian Peterson battled through injuries.
We'll help you find out who could be this year's Patrick.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.