Year-by-Year Leaders and Records for Rush Attempts

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  • Since 1956
Leaders Table
Year Player Att School
2016D'Angelo Brewer97Tulsa
2016Brian Hill97Wyoming
2015Derrick Henry*395Alabama
2014Jay Ajayi*347Boise State
2013Andre Williams*355Boston College
2012Le'Veon Bell*382Michigan State
2011Bobby Rainey369Western Kentucky
2010Bobby Rainey340Western Kentucky
2009Toby Gerhart*343Stanford
2008Javon Ringer*390Michigan State
2007Kevin Smith*450Central Florida
2006Ray Rice*335Rutgers
2005Brian Calhoun*348Wisconsin
2004Adrian Peterson*339Oklahoma
2003Steven Jackson*350Oregon State
2002Cecil Sapp*347Colorado State
2001Larry Ned311San Diego State
2000LaDainian Tomlinson*369Texas Christian
1999Travis Prentice354Miami (OH)
1998Travis Prentice365Miami (OH)
1997Travis Prentice296Miami (OH)
1996Troy Davis402Iowa State
1995Darnell Autry*387Northwestern
1994Ryan Christopherson300Wyoming
1993LeShon Johnson327Northern Illinois
1992Corey Croom301Ball State
1991Billy Smith374Central Michigan
1990Sheldon Canley*296San Jose State
1989Anthony Thompson358Indiana
1988Anthony Thompson*355Indiana
1987Craig Heyward*387Pittsburgh
1986Steve Bartalo362Colorado State
1985Lorenzo White*419Michigan State
1984Keith Byars*336Ohio State
1984Steve Morgan*336Toledo
1983Shawn Faulkner394Western Michigan
1982Ernest Anderson353Oklahoma State
1981Marcus Allen*433Southern California
1980Marcus Allen354Southern California
1979Charles White*332Southern California
1978Charles White*374Southern California
1977Terry Miller314Oklahoma State
1976Tony Dorsett*370Pittsburgh
1975Ricky Bell*385Southern California
1974Louie Giammona329Utah State
1973Tony Dorsett*318Pittsburgh
1972Carlester Crumpler340East Carolina
1971Ed Marinaro356Cornell
1970Don McCauley*360North Carolina
1969Steve Owens358Oklahoma
1968O.J. Simpson*383Southern California
1967O.J. Simpson*291Southern California
1966Don Fitzgerald296Kent State
1965Mike Garrett267Southern California
1964Brian Piccolo252Wake Forest
1963Dave Casinelli219Memphis
1962Preacher Pilot208New Mexico State
1961Dave Hoppmann229Iowa State
1960Bob Gaiters*197New Mexico State
1959Dwight Nichols207Iowa State
1958Dwight Nichols220Iowa State
1957Dwight Nichols211Iowa State
1956Jim Bakhtiar203Virginia

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