From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Terrell Newby  |  5-10  |  200 pounds  |  So.  |  Running back

In the rush to praise big back Adam Taylor’s skill set, some forgot about the other highly-touted back who arrived with Taylor in the 2013 class. That was a mistake, since Newby had the better spring between the two and rushed for 298 yards as a true freshman.

Newby is short and compact, like Ameer Abdullah. He’s faster than Abdullah but not quite as wiggly or quick. He showed this spring a greater willingness to punch holes between the tackles, and when Newby bounced a run to the edge, he wasn’t easy to catch.

He may have been a bit miscast last year in an open-field role more suited for a shiftier athlete. Newby, like Abdullah, pounds himself into the trenches. He’ll be Abdullah’s backup in 2014, obviously, with an eye on starting in 2015.

Previous entries (Honorable mentions)

50-41: 50. Peyton Newell; 49. Gabriel Miller; 48. David Knevel; 47. Ryker Fyfe; 46. Johnny Stanton; 45. Mauro Bondi; 44. Drew Brown; 43. Alonzo Moore; 42. Andy Janovich; 41. Trevor Roach

30-21: 30. Byerson Cockrell; 29. Ryne Reeves; 28. Josh Banderas; 27. Aaron Curry 

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