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Career Leaders and Records for Rushing Yards Per Attempt

  • Minimum 300 rush attempts.
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Since 1956

Rank Player Avg From To Last School
1.Matt Breida 8.27 2014 2015 Georgia Southern
2.Chuck Weatherspoon 8.22 1987 1990 Houston
3.Melvin Gordon* 7.79 2011 2014 Wisconsin
4.Devon Johnson* 7.78 2012 2015 Marshall
5.Felix Jones* 7.66 2005 2007 Arkansas
6.Greg Pruitt* 7.48 1970 1972 Oklahoma
7.Nick Chubb* 7.38 2014 2015 Georgia
8.Jahvid Best* 7.33 2007 2009 California
9.Reggie Bush* 7.32 2003 2005 Southern California
10.Dri Archer* 7.21 2009 2013 Kent State
11.Ki-Jana Carter 7.16 1992 1994 Penn State
12.Mike Rozier 7.16 1981 1983 Nebraska
13.Brent Fullwood 7.15 1983 1986 Auburn
14.Anthony Alridge* 7.15 2005 2007 Houston
15.Tevin Coleman 7.12 2012 2014 Indiana
16.Billy Sims* 7.02 1975 1979 Oklahoma
17.Henry Josey* 7.02 2010 2013 Missouri
18.Tom Larscheid 6.98 1959 1961 Utah State
19.Jhurell Pressley 6.92 2012 2015 New Mexico
20.Warrick Dunn 6.89 1993 1996 Florida State
21.Colin Kaepernick* 6.85 2007 2010 Nevada
22.Levron Williams 6.85 1998 2001 Indiana
23.Vince Young* 6.84 2003 2005 Texas
24.Calvin Jones 6.84 1991 1993 Nebraska
25.Gwain Durden 6.83 1977 1980 Chattanooga
26.Pete Pedro 6.80 1961 1963 West Texas A&M
27.Barry Sanders 6.80 1986 1988 Oklahoma State
28.Eddie Lacy* 6.77 2010 2012 Alabama
29.Dalvin Cook* 6.76 2014 2015 Florida State
30.Ahman Green 6.76 1995 1997 Nebraska
31.Kermit Johnson 6.74 1971 1973 UCLA
32.Jeff Demps* 6.73 2008 2011 Florida
33.Benny Malone 6.71 1971 1973 Arizona State
34.Gordon Brown 6.70 1984 1985 Tulsa
35.Jeremiah Johnson* 6.69 2005 2008 Oregon
36.Kevin Lowe 6.69 1981 1984 Wyoming
37.Ezekiel Elliott* 6.69 2013 2015 Ohio State
38.Duke Johnson* 6.69 2012 2014 Miami (FL)
39.Charlie Garner 6.67 1992 1993 Tennessee
40.Kareem Hunt* 6.67 2013 2015 Toledo
41.Michael Gordon* 6.67 2012 2015 Arkansas State
42.Dee Dowis 6.65 1986 1989 Air Force
43.Elijah McGuire* 6.64 2013 2015 Louisiana-Lafayette
44.Marcus Mariota* 6.64 2012 2015 Oregon
45.Matt Jones* 6.64 2001 2004 Arkansas
46.J.J. Arrington* 6.63 2003 2004 California
47.Ernie Davis 6.63 1959 1961 Syracuse
48.Jon Hall 6.63 1970 1972 Citadel
49.Bo Jackson 6.62 1982 1985 Auburn
50.Ron Rivers* 6.62 1991 1993 Fresno State
51.Ryan Benjamin 6.59 1990 1992 Pacific
52.Marshawn Lynch* 6.59 2004 2006 California
53.LaMichael James* 6.59 2009 2011 Oregon
54.Kerwynn Williams* 6.58 2009 2012 Utah State
55.Jordan Lynch* 6.56 2010 2013 Northern Illinois
56.Pat White* 6.55 2005 2008 West Virginia
57.Rashard Mendenhall* 6.54 2005 2007 Illinois
58.Laverne Smith* 6.54 1973 1976 Kansas
59.Trung Canidate 6.50 1996 1999 Arizona
60.Gale Sayers 6.49 1962 1964 Kansas
61.Larry Rose III 6.49 2014 2015 New Mexico State
62.Jarvis Redwine* 6.48 1976 1980 Nebraska
63.Fred Henry 6.48 1970 1972 New Mexico
64.Vai Taua* 6.45 2007 2010 Nevada
65.Tony Nathan 6.44 1975 1978 Alabama
66.Todd Gurley* 6.44 2012 2014 Georgia
67.Mercury Morris* 6.44 1966 1968 West Texas A&M
68.Dexter McCluster* 6.43 2006 2009 Mississippi
69.Robert Newhouse* 6.42 1969 1971 Houston
70.Larry Johnson* 6.42 1999 2002 Penn State
71.Michael Desormeaux 6.42 2005 2008 Louisiana-Lafayette
72.Garrett Wolfe* 6.40 2004 2006 Northern Illinois
73.J.J. Flannigan 6.39 1987 1989 Colorado
74.Dabby Dawson* 6.38 1988 1989 Wyoming
75.Joe McKnight* 6.38 2007 2009 Southern California
76.Stacey Robinson 6.37 1988 1990 Northern Illinois
77.Glynn Harrison 6.37 1973 1975 Georgia
78.Onterio McCalebb* 6.37 2009 2012 Auburn
79.Eddie Hicks 6.37 1975 1978 East Carolina
80.Artie Owens* 6.37 1972 1975 West Virginia
81.Anthony Allen* 6.36 2009 2010 Georgia Tech
82.Elijah Williams 6.36 1994 1997 Florida
83.Ray Lawry 6.35 2014 2015 Old Dominion
84.Jeff Smith 6.32 1980 1984 Nebraska
85.Kenny King* 6.32 1975 1978 Oklahoma
86.Ed Wesley* 6.31 2009 2011 Texas Christian
87.Travis Sims 6.30 1989 1992 Hawaii
88.Rashaan Salaam 6.29 1992 1994 Colorado
89.Johnny Manziel* 6.29 2012 2013 Texas A&M
90.Samaje Perine* 6.26 2014 2015 Oklahoma
91.Ja'Terian Douglas* 6.25 2010 2013 Tulsa
92.Keith Jones 6.25 1984 1987 Nebraska
93.Jeremy Hill* 6.25 2012 2013 Louisiana State
94.Roger Lawson 6.25 1969 1971 Western Michigan
95.Woody Green 6.25 1971 1973 Arizona State
96.James White* 6.24 2010 2013 Wisconsin
97.Jamaal Charles* 6.24 2005 2007 Texas
98.Jonathan Dwyer* 6.24 2007 2009 Georgia Tech
99.Ryan Moats 6.24 2002 2004 Louisiana Tech
100.Michael Gunter 6.23 1980 1983 Tulsa
101.Kenjon Barner* 6.23 2009 2012 Oregon
102.Chris Rainey* 6.22 2007 2011 Florida
103.DeAngelo Williams* 6.22 2002 2005 Memphis
104.Denard Robinson* 6.22 2009 2012 Michigan
105.Ricky Williams 6.21 1995 1998 Texas
106.Mike Gaddis 6.20 1988 1991 Oklahoma
107.Obie Graves 6.20 1977 1978 Cal State Fullerton
108.Paul Gipson 6.19 1966 1968 Houston
109.Lawrence Phillips 6.18 1993 1995 Nebraska
110.Josh Robinson* 6.18 2012 2014 Mississippi State
111.Adonis Thomas* 6.18 2008 2011 Toledo
112.Sammie Smith 6.18 1985 1988 Florida State
113.Kevin McDougal 6.15 1996 1999 Colorado State
114.Elvis Peacock* 6.15 1974 1977 Oklahoma
115.Ken Clark 6.15 1987 1989 Nebraska
116.Ryan Mathews* 6.14 2007 2009 Fresno State
117.Leonard Fournette* 6.13 2014 2015 Louisiana State
118.Sean Jackson 6.13 1990 1993 Florida State
119.Christian McCaffrey* 6.12 2014 2015 Stanford
120.Carlos Hyde* 6.11 2010 2013 Ohio State
121.Byron Marshall* 6.11 2012 2015 Oregon
122.Dan Alexander 6.11 1997 2000 Nebraska
123.Darren Sproles* 6.11 2001 2004 Kansas State
124.Correll Buckhalter 6.11 1997 2000 Nebraska
125.Dick Bass 6.10 1956 1959 Pacific
126.Jim Bertelsen 6.09 1969 1971 Texas
127.Doug DuBose 6.09 1982 1985 Nebraska
128.Joe Washington 6.09 1972 1975 Oklahoma
129.Kenneth Davis 6.07 1982 1985 Texas Christian
130.Tyrone Wheatley* 6.07 1991 1994 Michigan
131.Bobby Williams 6.07 1995 1998 Army
132.Preacher Pilot 6.06 1961 1963 New Mexico State
133.Tshimanga Biakabutuka* 6.06 1993 1995 Michigan
134.Larry Dixon 6.06 2011 2014 Army
135.Archie Griffin* 6.05 1972 1975 Ohio State
136.Wendell Tyler* 6.05 1973 1976 UCLA
137.Greg Allen 6.04 1981 1984 Florida State
138.Michael Morton 6.04 1978 1981 Nevada-Las Vegas
139.Isaiah Pead* 6.03 2008 2011 Cincinnati
140.Mikel Leshoure* 6.03 2008 2010 Illinois
141.Dwone Hicks 6.02 1999 2002 Middle Tennessee State
142.Shock Linwood* 6.02 2013 2015 Baylor
143.Michael Haddix* 6.02 1979 1982 Mississippi State
144.Donnel Pumphrey* 6.02 2013 2015 San Diego State
145.Tony Collins 6.01 1977 1980 East Carolina
146.Roger Craig* 6.01 1979 1982 Nebraska
147.Robert Smith* 6.00 1990 1992 Ohio State
148.David Sims 6.00 1974 1976 Georgia Tech
149.Luke Staley 6.00 1999 2001 Brigham Young
150.Dantrell Savage* 5.99 2006 2007 Oklahoma State
151.Marshall Faulk 5.99 1991 1993 San Diego State
152.Royce Freeman* 5.99 2014 2015 Oregon
153.Myron Hardeman 5.98 1977 1978 Wyoming
154.Rob Lytle* 5.98 1974 1976 Michigan
155.Duane Thomas* 5.97 1966 1969 West Texas A&M
156.Chuckie Dukes 5.97 1991 1992 Boston College
157.Greg Johnson 5.97 1986 1989 Air Force
158.Derrick Henry* 5.97 2013 2015 Alabama
159.Tavian Banks 5.96 1994 1997 Iowa
160.Laurence Maroney* 5.96 2003 2005 Minnesota
161.Ciatrick Fason* 5.96 2002 2004 Florida
162.Raymond Maples* 5.96 2010 2014 Army
163.Edgerrin James* 5.96 1996 1998 Miami (FL)
 Lampford Mark* 5.96 2008 2011 Nevada
165.Garrison Hearst 5.95 1990 1992 Georgia
166.Leonard Henry 5.95 1998 2001 East Carolina
167.David Fluellen* 5.95 2010 2013 Toledo
168.Antonio Andrews* 5.95 2010 2013 Western Kentucky
169.Reggie Dupard 5.94 1982 1985 Southern Methodist
170.William Green 5.94 1999 2001 Boston College
171.Noel Devine* 5.93 2007 2010 West Virginia
172.Andre Richardson 5.93 1994 1996 Oklahoma State
173.Shonn Greene* 5.93 2005 2008 Iowa
174.Lionel James 5.92 1980 1983 Auburn
175.Willis McGahee* 5.92 2001 2002 Miami (FL)
176.Curtis Steele* 5.92 2008 2009 Memphis
177.Steve Slaton* 5.91 2005 2007 West Virginia
178.Kendall Hunter* 5.91 2007 2010 Oklahoma State
179.Terry Kirby 5.90 1989 1992 Virginia
180.Bubba Bean 5.90 1972 1975 Texas A&M
181.Leroy Keyes 5.90 1966 1968 Purdue
182.Dennis Johnson* 5.90 2008 2012 Arkansas
183.Vernand Morency* 5.90 2002 2004 Oklahoma State
184.Kolby Smith* 5.90 2003 2006 Louisville
185.Derek Brown 5.89 1990 1992 Nebraska
186.Roy Helu Jr.* 5.89 2007 2010 Nebraska
 De'Mond Parker 5.89 1996 1998 Oklahoma
188.Luke Lippincott* 5.89 2006 2009 Nevada
189.Willard Harrell 5.88 1972 1974 Pacific
190.Calvin Murray* 5.88 1977 1980 Ohio State
191.Marlon Mack 5.88 2014 2015 South Florida
192.Ickey Woods* 5.87 1984 1987 Nevada-Las Vegas
193.Robert Turbin* 5.87 2007 2011 Utah State
194.Quinton Smith 5.87 2003 2006 Rice
195.Giovani Bernard* 5.87 2011 2012 North Carolina
196.Tarrion Adams* 5.86 2005 2008 Tulsa
197.Scott McConnell 5.86 1975 1978 Appalachian State
198.Mike Cloud 5.86 1995 1998 Boston College
199.Wendell Mathis* 5.86 2004 2005 Fresno State
200.Lydell Mitchell 5.86 1969 1971 Penn State
201.C.J. Spiller* 5.85 2006 2009 Clemson
202.Charles Sims* 5.85 2009 2013 West Virginia
203.Lee Becton 5.85 1991 1994 Notre Dame
204.Darren McFadden* 5.85 2005 2007 Arkansas
205.James Conner* 5.84 2013 2015 Pittsburgh
206.Ron Dayne* 5.84 1996 1999 Wisconsin
207.Lendale White* 5.84 2003 2005 Southern California
208.Deonce Whitaker 5.84 1998 2001 San Jose State
209.Walter Packer 5.84 1973 1976 Mississippi State
210.Michael Perry 5.83 1995 1998 Rice
211.Jerome Harrison 5.81 2004 2005 Washington State
212.Jim Bohl 5.81 1964 1966 New Mexico State
213.Earl Campbell 5.81 1974 1977 Texas
214.Marcus Murphy* 5.81 2010 2014 Missouri
215.Joshua Cribbs 5.81 2001 2004 Kent State
216.Jeff Logan* 5.81 1974 1977 Ohio State
217.Jon Cornish* 5.80 2002 2006 Kansas
218.Michael Wiley* 5.80 1996 1999 Ohio State
219.Trent Richardson* 5.80 2009 2011 Alabama
220.Wendell Smallwood* 5.79 2013 2015 West Virginia
221.Damon Washington 5.79 1995 1998 Colorado State
222.Chester Taylor 5.79 1998 2001 Toledo
223.George Jones 5.78 1995 1996 San Diego State
224.Chris Wells* 5.78 2006 2008 Ohio State
225.Chad Hall* 5.78 2005 2007 Air Force
226.Eddie Lee Ivery 5.78 1975 1978 Georgia Tech
227.Tim Worley 5.77 1985 1988 Georgia
228.Tre Mason* 5.77 2011 2013 Auburn
229.J.J. Young 5.77 1991 1994 Oregon State
230.Bobby Ray Tell 5.77 1996 1999 Louisiana Tech
231.T.J. Yeldon* 5.77 2012 2014 Alabama
232.Michael Bush* 5.77 2003 2006 Louisville
233.Alois Blackwell 5.76 1975 1977 Houston
234.Curtis Enis 5.76 1995 1997 Penn State
235.David Wilson* 5.76 2009 2011 Virginia Tech
236.Keith Toston* 5.76 2006 2009 Oklahoma State
237.Stephen Davis 5.76 1993 1995 Auburn
238.Kenton Keith 5.75 1998 2001 New Mexico State
239.Tyrell Fenroy 5.75 2005 2008 Louisiana-Lafayette
240.Eddie Lewis 5.75 1982 1985 Utah
241.Nick Marshall* 5.74 2013 2014 Auburn
242.Dajuane Collins 5.74 2006 2009 Toledo
243.Darrin Nelson 5.74 1977 1981 Stanford
244.Clinton Portis 5.73 1999 2001 Miami (FL)
245.Evan Royster* 5.73 2007 2010 Penn State
246.Fred Taylor 5.73 1994 1997 Florida
247.Lamar Miller* 5.73 2010 2011 Miami (FL)
248.Wendell Mathis* 5.72 2002 2005 Fresno State
249.Asher Clark* 5.72 2008 2011 Air Force
250.Dick Jauron 5.72 1970 1972 Yale