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Big Ten Conference Year-by-Year Leaders and Records for Rushing Yards Per Attempt

  • Minimum 6.25 rush attempts per school game.
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Since 1956

Year Player Avg School
2012 Denard Robinson* 7.15 Michigan
2011 Montee Ball* 6.26 Wisconsin
2010 James White* 6.74 Wisconsin
2009 Mikel Leshoure 6.80 Illinois
2008 Marcus Thigpen 6.71 Indiana
2007 Rashard Mendenhall* 6.42 Illinois
2006 Rashard Mendenhall 8.21 Illinois
2005 Javon Ringer 6.70 Michigan State
2004 Deandra Cobb 7.58 Michigan State
2003 Laurence Maroney* 6.92 Minnesota
2002 Larry Johnson* 7.70 Penn State
2001 Levron Williams 6.61 Indiana
2000 Levron Williams 7.08 Indiana
1999 Levron Williams 6.92 Indiana
1998 Joe Montgomery* 6.49 Ohio State
1997 Kendall Matthews* 7.09 Purdue
1996 Ron Dayne* 6.49 Wisconsin
1995 Tshimanga Biakabutuka 6.18 Michigan
1994 Ki-Jana Carter 7.77 Penn State
1993 Ki-Jana Carter 6.62 Penn State
1992 Tyrone Wheatley* 7.34 Michigan
1991 Tyrone Wheatley* 6.37 Michigan
1990 Robert Smith* 6.36 Ohio State
1989 Tony Boles* 6.40 Michigan
1988 Leroy Hoard* 5.78 Michigan
1987 Marvin Artley 6.45 Wisconsin
1986 Darrell Thompson 5.71 Minnesota
1985 Joe Armentrout 6.43 Wisconsin
1984 Larry Emery* 6.19 Wisconsin
1983 Steve Smith* 6.48 Michigan
1982 Troy King 7.17 Wisconsin
1981 Butch Woolfolk* 5.77 Michigan
1980 Calvin Murray* 6.50 Ohio State
1979 Garry White 6.38 Minnesota
1978 Steve Smith 6.71 Michigan State
1977 Jim Earley 6.13 Michigan State
1976 Rob Lytle* 6.65 Michigan
1975 Jim Jensen 5.84 Iowa
1974 Archie Griffin* 6.62 Ohio State
1973 Archie Griffin* 6.38 Ohio State
1972 Otis Armstrong 5.60 Purdue
1971 Eric Allen 5.77 Michigan State
1970 Leo Hayden* 5.81 Ohio State
1969 Billy Taylor* 6.13 Michigan
1968 Bob Pernell 6.18 Indiana
1967 Leroy Keyes 6.62 Purdue
1966 Bob Apisa 5.17 Michigan State
1965 Carl Ward 5.71 Michigan
1964 Dick Gordon 6.02 Michigan State
1963 Sherman Lewis 6.41 Michigan State
1962 Paul Warfield 6.44 Ohio State
1961 Sherman Lewis 6.23 Michigan State
1960 Larry Ferguson 7.39 Iowa
1959 Bob Ferguson 6.08 Ohio State
1958 Bob Jeter* 7.22 Iowa
1957 Collins Hagler 6.81 Iowa
1956 Galen Cisco 6.84 Ohio State