Fresh moves

Bernard Pierce has been one of this season's most surprising tales. Getty Images

This article appears in the December 14 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Alabama sophomore Mark Ingram is vying to become only the second running
back this decade (along with USC's Reggie Bush in 2005) to win a Heisman.
But Ingram's breakout has obscured the emergence of a whole new class of
running backs; four freshmen were among the top 10 rushers entering
Thanksgiving break. To show how far these frosh have come, we found a
preseason coach's quote about each kid, and a late season assessment from a