If you listen to what Shady said upon his exit of the program Chris Burns is the front runner. Burns is a speedy back who is built identically to Shady when he was a freshman. Since Burns redshirted we have no real idea what his game looks like at the college level but he is a very intriguing prospect.
Kevin Collier is the upper classmen option to take the starting job. Colllier has been around forever and has been a little snakebit in his time in the program having to redshirt due to injury in 2007. He was a highly regarded recruit from Wanny's first recruiting class but has only seen the field very sparingly in his 4 years here.
Shariff Harris is a guy we have hyped up here since he was a freshman due to his thundering running style. I've seen him in practices a few times and he is a difficult player to bring down. He could be the thunder to the lightning of Chris Burns and I would love to see him in a big role this year. Pure power runner with some breakaway speed. Definitely my favorite back of the group.
Dion Lewis is a true freshman who I would expect to get a look but in the end I think he redshirts. Down the line he could develop into a big time player with his speed but I think there is a log jam at running back and he will have to wait his turn.
Fullback is a position that could be intriguing as well because we assumed that Henry Hynoski was the heir apparent at the position but Wanny has given him some competition. There is a rumor that linebacker Brandon Lindsey has done the dreaded position switch and is going to compete at fullback. Collier has been mentioned as a guy who will do some lead blocking as well. How much we use a lead blocker is a guess since we haven't seen what Cignetti is doing with the offense yet.
*Completely off the running back topic I heard the rumor that Mark Madden put out yesterday that Stull was going to be benched and it was now a two man race for the starting QB job between Sunseri and Bostick. I don't believe this for a second unless some sort of rules violation was involved. It makes no sense to narrow the QB battle until at least everybody has gotten a chance at the job in spring practice. If anything remotely credible comes out on this I will give the update but for now enjoy the NCAA tournament.