FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – Southwest Florida has always churned out talented running backs. Think of Edgerrin James. Or Noel Devine. Or this year's No. 1-ranked rusher Richard Young.
However, the region's backfield talent goes much deeper than Young, who's headed to Alabama next year. There are a handful of running backs on pace for 1,000 yards this season – and one who's already hit that mark.
But who's the best? We're letting readers decide. Read who's in the running for the title Best RB in SWFL, then vote in our poll below.
Editor's Note: This poll was originally released a few days prior to the impact of Hurricane Ian and was lost in all the turmoil which followed. Thus, we are re-releasing it now, with updated stats, to give everyone a chance to see it and vote on it. Enjoy!
Isaiah Augustave, Naples
Augustave switched from tight end last year and the move paid off immediately. The 6-foot-1 speedster ran for 950 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2021. The Arkansas commit had 1,061 yards this year, averaging 9.6 yards per carry.
L.J. Blackwell, Evangelical Christian
In his first season with the Sentinels, Blackwell was a huge reason ECS had an undefeated regular season and made it to the regional semifinals. The junior rushed for 1,341 yards and 15 touchdowns. He ran for 119 yards or more in all eight regular-season games.
Jaden Booker, First Baptist
The senior has 926 yards and 18 touchdowns despite missing three games, and he's led FBA to the Class 1S semifinals. Booker has 5,006 career yards, one of the best totals in Collier County history, and is just 74 yards away from his fourth 1,000-yard season.
Bryan Daniels, Barron Collier
Daniels had a breakout season, going for 761 yards to lead the Cougars to the playoffs. He did it on just 95 carries in nine games, giving him 8 yards per carry. Daniels, a senior, also scored eight times.
Edd Guerrier, Port Charlotte
Following a breakout sophomore season where he rushed for 936 yards, Guerrier plowed his way to 1,450 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2022. He rushed for at least 114 yards in the his final six regular season games and the Pirates went 6-0 and made the playoffs.
Guerschom Guerrier, Lely
The big senior (6-1, 205) was the Trojans' workhorse, running for 1,313 yards on an avearge of 22 carries per game. He had a 200-yard game and three others where he topped 170. Guerrier had 1,112 yards last season as a junior.
Trayvon Jean, Golden Gate
Jean might have been the breakout star of Southwest Florida. Just a sophomore in his first varsity season, he rushed for 1,640 yards and 13 touchdowns. Jean broke the 100-yard mark in eight of his team's 10 games.
Kendrick Raphael, Naples
Raphael, who recently committed to North Carolina State, rushed for 1,374 yards and 18 TDs last year while averaging 10.9 yards per carry. This year he outdid himself, going for 1,731 yards in 12 games (12.4 per carry), plus 22 touchdowns.
Josiah Sessler, Bonita Springs
Sessler had an astounding 331 carries, an NFL-like workload, in just nine games. He finished with 1,574 yards this year, including four 200-yard games. Sessler also ran for 1,372 yards as a junior.
Richard Young, Lehigh
Ranked No. 1 at his position and headed to Alabama, Young ran for a career-high 301 yards on ESPNU in Week 3. He wouldn't match that production the rest of the season as defenses keyed on him and his coach didn't want to overwork him. Young finished with 830 yards, giving him 4,421 in his prep career.