Career Leaders and Records for Rushing Yards Per Attempt

Minimum 300 rush attempts.
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Leaders

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Leaders Table
Rk Player Avg From To School
1Chuck Weatherspoon*8.2219871990Houston
2Melvin Gordon*7.7920112014Wisconsin
3Devon Johnson*7.7820122016Marshall
4Matt Breida*7.6820142016Georgia Southern
5Felix Jones*7.6620052007Arkansas
6Greg Pruitt*7.4819701972Oklahoma
7Jahvid Best*7.3320072009California
8Reggie Bush*7.3220032005Southern California
9Dri Archer*7.2120092013Kent State
10Ki-Jana Carter*7.1619921994Penn State
11Mike Rozier*7.1619811983Nebraska
12Brent Fullwood*7.1519831986Auburn
13Anthony Alridge*7.1520052007Houston
14Tevin Coleman7.1220122014Indiana
15Billy Sims*7.0219751979Oklahoma
16Henry Josey*7.0220102013Missouri
17Tom Larscheid*6.9819591961Utah State
18Jhurell Pressley*6.9220122015New Mexico
19Nick Chubb*6.8920142016Georgia
20Warrick Dunn*6.8919931996Florida State
21Colin Kaepernick*6.8520072010Nevada
22Levron Williams6.8519982001Indiana
23Vince Young*6.8420032005Texas
24Calvin Jones*6.8419911993Nebraska
25Gwain Durden6.8319771980Chattanooga
26Pete Pedro*6.8019611963West Texas A&M
27Barry Sanders*6.8019861988Oklahoma State
28Eddie Lacy*6.7720102012Alabama
29Ahman Green*6.7619951997Nebraska
30Kermit Johnson6.7419711973UCLA
31Jeff Demps*6.7320082011Florida
32Benny Malone*6.7119711973Arizona State
33Dalvin Cook*6.7020142016Florida State
34Gordon Brown6.7019841985Tulsa
35Jeremiah Johnson*6.6920052008Oregon
36Kevin Lowe6.6919811984Wyoming
37Ezekiel Elliott*6.6920132015Ohio State
38Duke Johnson*6.6920122014Miami (FL)
39Charlie Garner*6.6719921993Tennessee
40Michael Gordon*6.6720122015Arkansas State
41Dee Dowis*6.6519861989Air Force
42Marcus Mariota*6.6420122016Oregon
43Matt Jones*6.6420012004Arkansas
44J.J. Arrington*6.6320032004California
45Ernie Davis*6.6319591961Syracuse
46Jon Hall6.6319701972Citadel
47Bo Jackson*6.6219821985Auburn
48Ron Rivers*6.6219911993Fresno State
49Ryan Benjamin6.5919901992Pacific
50Marshawn Lynch*6.5920042006California
51LaMichael James*6.5920092011Oregon
52Kerwynn Williams*6.5820092012Utah State
53Jordan Lynch*6.5620102013Northern Illinois
54Pat White*6.5520052008West Virginia
55Kareem Hunt*6.5420132016Toledo
56Rashard Mendenhall*6.5420052007Illinois
57Laverne Smith*6.5419731976Kansas
58Anthony Wales*6.5020132016Western Kentucky
59Trung Canidate*6.5019961999Arizona
60Gale Sayers6.4919621964Kansas
61Jarvis Redwine*6.4819761980Nebraska
62Fred Henry6.4819701972New Mexico
63Vai Taua*6.4520072010Nevada
64Tony Nathan*6.4419751978Alabama
65Larry Rose III6.4420142016New Mexico State
66Todd Gurley*6.4420122014Georgia
67Mercury Morris*6.4419661968West Texas A&M
68Dexter McCluster*6.4320062009Mississippi
69Robert Newhouse*6.4219691971Houston
70Larry Johnson*6.4219992002Penn State
71Elijah McGuire*6.4220132016Louisiana-Lafayette
72Michael Desormeaux6.4220052008Louisiana-Lafayette
73Garrett Wolfe*6.4020042006Northern Illinois
74J.J. Flannigan*6.3919871989Colorado
75Dabby Dawson*6.3819881989Wyoming
76Joe McKnight*6.3820072009Southern California
77Stacey Robinson6.3719881990Northern Illinois
78Glynn Harrison*6.3719731975Georgia
79Onterio McCalebb*6.3720092012Auburn
80Eddie Hicks*6.3719751978East Carolina
81Artie Owens*6.3719721975West Virginia
82Anthony Allen*6.3620092010Georgia Tech
83Elijah Williams*6.3619941997Florida
84Jeff Smith*6.3219801984Nebraska
85Ray Lawry6.3220142016Old Dominion
86Kenny King*6.3219751978Oklahoma
87Ed Wesley*6.3120092011Texas Christian
88Travis Sims*6.3019891992Hawaii
89Rashaan Salaam*6.2919921994Colorado
90Johnny Manziel*6.2920122013Texas A&M
91Ja'Terian Douglas*6.2520102013Tulsa
92Keith Jones*6.2519841987Nebraska
93Jeremy Hill*6.2520122013Louisiana State
94Roger Lawson6.2519691971Western Michigan
95Woody Green*6.2519711973Arizona State
96James White*6.2420102013Wisconsin
97Jamaal Charles*6.2420052007Texas
98Jonathan Dwyer*6.2420072009Georgia Tech
99Ryan Moats6.2420022004Louisiana Tech
100Michael Gunter6.2319801983Tulsa
101Kenjon Barner*6.2320092012Oregon
102Chris Rainey*6.2220072011Florida
103Donnel Pumphrey*6.2220132016San Diego State
104DeAngelo Williams*6.2220022005Memphis
105Denard Robinson*6.2220092012Michigan
106Ricky Williams*6.2119951998Texas
107Mike Gaddis*6.2019881991Oklahoma
108Obie Graves6.2019771978Cal State Fullerton
109Paul Gipson6.1919661968Houston
110Lawrence Phillips*6.1819931995Nebraska
111Josh Robinson*6.1820122014Mississippi State
112Adonis Thomas*6.1820082011Toledo
113Sammie Smith*6.1819851988Florida State
114Royce Freeman*6.1720142016Oregon
115Kevin McDougal*6.1519961999Colorado State
116Elvis Peacock*6.1519741977Oklahoma
Samaje Perine*6.1520142016Oklahoma
118Ken Clark*6.1519871989Nebraska
119Ryan Mathews*6.1420072009Fresno State
120Sean Jackson*6.1319901993Florida State
121Carlos Hyde*6.1120102013Ohio State
122Byron Marshall*6.1120122015Oregon
123Kevin Ellison*6.1120142016Georgia Southern
124Dan Alexander*6.1119972000Nebraska
125Darren Sproles*6.1120012004Kansas State
126Correll Buckhalter*6.1119972000Nebraska
127Dick Bass6.1019561959Pacific
128Jim Bertelsen*6.0919691971Texas
129Doug DuBose*6.0919821985Nebraska
130Joe Washington*6.0919721975Oklahoma
131Leonard Fournette*6.0920142016Louisiana State
132Kenneth Davis*6.0719821985Texas Christian
133Tyrone Wheatley*6.0719911994Michigan
134Bobby Williams*6.0719951998Army
135Preacher Pilot6.0619611963New Mexico State
136Tshimanga Biakabutuka*6.0619931995Michigan
137Larry Dixon6.0620112014Army
138Archie Griffin*6.0519721975Ohio State
139Wendell Tyler*6.0519731976UCLA
140Greg Allen*6.0419811984Florida State
141Michael Morton6.0419781981Nevada-Las Vegas
142Isaiah Pead*6.0320082011Cincinnati
143Mikel Leshoure*6.0320082010Illinois
144Dwone Hicks6.0219992002Middle Tennessee State
145Michael Haddix*6.0219791982Mississippi State
146Corey Clement*6.0220132016Wisconsin
147Tony Collins*6.0119771980East Carolina
148Christian McCaffrey*6.0120142016Stanford
149Roger Craig*6.0119791982Nebraska
150Robert Smith*6.0019901992Ohio State
151David Sims6.0019741976Georgia Tech
152Luke Staley*6.0019992001Brigham Young
153Dantrell Savage*5.9920062007Oklahoma State
154Marshall Faulk*5.9919911993San Diego State
155Teriyon Gipson*5.9820132016New Mexico
156Myron Hardeman5.9819771978Wyoming
157Rob Lytle*5.9819741976Michigan
158Duane Thomas*5.9719661969West Texas A&M
159Chuckie Dukes*5.9719911992Boston College
160Greg Johnson*5.9719861989Air Force
161Marlon Mack*5.9720142016South Florida
162Derrick Henry*5.9720132015Alabama
163Tavian Banks*5.9619941997Iowa
164Shock Linwood*5.9620132016Baylor
165Laurence Maroney*5.9620032005Minnesota
166Ciatrick Fason*5.9620022004Florida
167Raymond Maples*5.9620102014Army
168Edgerrin James*5.9619961998Miami (FL)
Lampford Mark*5.9620082011Nevada
170Garrison Hearst*5.9519901992Georgia
171Leonard Henry*5.9519982001East Carolina
172David Fluellen*5.9520102013Toledo
173Antonio Andrews*5.9520102013Western Kentucky
174Reggie Dupard*5.9419821985Southern Methodist
175Elijah Hood*5.9420142016North Carolina
176William Green*5.9419992001Boston College
177Noel Devine*5.9320072010West Virginia
178Andre Richardson5.9319941996Oklahoma State
179Shonn Greene*5.9320052008Iowa
180Lionel James*5.9219801983Auburn
181Willis McGahee*5.9220012002Miami (FL)
182Curtis Steele*5.9220082009Memphis
183Jeremy McNichols*5.9120142016Boise State
184Steve Slaton*5.9120052007West Virginia
185Kendall Hunter*5.9120072010Oklahoma State
186Terry Kirby*5.9019891992Virginia
187Bubba Bean*5.9019721975Texas A&M
188Leroy Keyes*5.9019661968Purdue
189Dennis Johnson*5.9020082012Arkansas
190Vernand Morency*5.9020022004Oklahoma State
191Kolby Smith*5.9020032006Louisville
192Derek Brown*5.8919901992Nebraska
193Roy Helu Jr.*5.8920072010Nebraska
De'Mond Parker5.8919961998Oklahoma
195Luke Lippincott*5.8920062009Nevada
196Willard Harrell5.8819721974Pacific
197Calvin Murray*5.8819771980Ohio State
198Ickey Woods*5.8719841987Nevada-Las Vegas
199Robert Turbin*5.8720072011Utah State
200Quinton Smith*5.8720032006Rice
201Giovani Bernard*5.8720112012North Carolina
202Tarrion Adams*5.8620052008Tulsa
203Scott McConnell5.8619751978Appalachian State
204Mike Cloud5.8619951998Boston College
205Lydell Mitchell*5.8619691971Penn State
206C.J. Spiller*5.8520062009Clemson
207Charles Sims*5.8520092013West Virginia
208Lee Becton*5.8519911994Notre Dame
209Darren McFadden*5.8520052007Arkansas
210Ron Dayne*5.8419961999Wisconsin
211Lendale White*5.8420032005Southern California
212Deonce Whitaker5.8419982001San Jose State
213Walter Packer*5.8419731976Mississippi State
214Michael Perry5.8319951998Rice
215Jerome Harrison5.8120042005Washington State
216Jim Bohl5.8119641966New Mexico State
217Earl Campbell*5.8119741977Texas
218Marcus Murphy*5.8120102014Missouri
219Joshua Cribbs5.8120012004Kent State
220Jeff Logan*5.8119741977Ohio State
221Jon Cornish*5.8020022006Kansas
222Michael Wiley*5.8019961999Ohio State
223Trent Richardson*5.8020092011Alabama
224Wendell Smallwood*5.7920132015West Virginia
225Damon Washington*5.7919951998Colorado State
226Chester Taylor*5.7919982001Toledo
227George Jones5.7819951996San Diego State
228Chris Wells*5.7820062008Ohio State
229Chad Hall*5.7820052007Air Force
230Eddie Lee Ivery*5.7819751978Georgia Tech
231Tim Worley*5.7719851988Georgia
232Tre Mason*5.7720112013Auburn
233J.J. Young5.7719911994Oregon State
234Bobby Ray Tell5.7719961999Louisiana Tech
235T.J. Yeldon*5.7720122014Alabama
236Michael Bush*5.7720032006Louisville
237Alois Blackwell*5.7619751977Houston
238Curtis Enis*5.7619951997Penn State
239David Wilson*5.7620092011Virginia Tech
240Keith Toston*5.7620062009Oklahoma State
241Stephen Davis*5.7619931995Auburn
242Aaron Jones*5.7620132016Texas-El Paso
243Kenton Keith5.7519982001New Mexico State
244Tyrell Fenroy5.7520052008Louisiana-Lafayette
245Eddie Lewis5.7519821985Utah
246Nick Wilson*5.7520142016Arizona
247Nick Marshall*5.7420132014Auburn
248Dajuane Collins5.7420062009Toledo
249Darrin Nelson*5.7419771981Stanford
250Clinton Portis*5.7319992001Miami (FL)

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