How many B1G stars made Athlon's top 50 RB's of BCS era?

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Pick an era, and the Big Ten boasts a steep collection of standout running backs. The BCS era (since 1998) is no exception. There’s Ron Dayne, Chris Perry and Damien Anderson, to name a few. According to a recent countdown, the Big Ten is home to nine of college football’s top 50 running backs of the BCS era.

[ College football’s top 50 running backs of the BCS era ]

Dayne leads the Big Ten’s nine representatives, at No. 3, behind only Adrian Peterson and Ricky Williams.

Here’s what Athlon said about Dayne:

(Ricky) Williams’ NCAA rushing record didn’t last for very long as the New Jersey native came along the next year to break the record held by Williams and, before that, by Pitt’s Tony Dorsett and Ohio State’s Archie Griffin. Dayne is the only player in history with 7,000 yards rushing and is one of four players to score at least 70 rushing touchdowns. He carried the ball more than any player in history (1,220) and he owns multiple BCS bowl rushing records with his two Rose Bowl MVP performances. He capped his illustrious career with a 2,000-yard Heisman Trophy and Big Ten championship season. The consensus All-American won Big Ten Player of the Year, Maxwell, Walter Camp and Doak Walker recognition in his final season in Madison.

To little surprise, it’s another Badger, Montee Ball, following Dayne on the list, as far as the Big Ten is concerned. Ball, who lands at No. 9, completed his career as the game’s all-time touchdown leader (77 rushing, 83 total).

3. Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (1996-99)
9. Montee Ball, Wisconsin (2009-12)
17. Larry Johnson, Penn State (1999-2002)
25. Chris Perry, Michigan (2000-03)
32. Anthony Thomas, Michigan (1997-2000)
33. Mike Hart, Michigan (2004-07)
39. Shonn Greene, Iowa (2005-08)
49. Javon Ringer, Michigan State (2005-08)
50. Damien Anderson, Northwestern (1998-2001)

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AtlantaBuckeye on 5/1/2013 @ 7:38pm EDT Said:

What was the criteria? Where is Beanie Wells?

Blake Jorgensen™ (@Blake_Jorgensen) on 5/1/2013 @ 8:18pm EDT Said:

If Shonn Greene could’ve played four years or even come back for his senior year, he would be the highest on this list. Dude was truly amazing.

Paul on 5/2/2013 @ 7:50am EDT Said:

It’s comical that Beanie Wells isn’t on that list.

Doug on 5/2/2013 @ 2:37pm EDT Said:

Javon Ringer is having a better career than the 3 former Michigan players listed ahead of him,hmmmm

Paul C. on 5/17/2013 @ 11:09am EDT Said:

Beanie Wells racked up 5,549 rushing yards with 69 TD’s…go to the site and look at all of the backs on the list, you have to get up to the top 10 to even see anyone with as many (combined) yards as his rushing yards…Not to even mention there are only a handful who have more TDs than him…looks like some SEC love to me…if the criteria was do everything and have a Heisman then ok, leave him off…but if the Heisman is not the end all then the whole list is a joke without him on it!