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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.Chuck Weatherspoon 8.22 1987 1990 Houston
2.Melvin Gordon* 7.79 2011 2014 Wisconsin
3.Felix Jones* 7.66 2005 2007 Arkansas
4.Greg Pruitt* 7.48 1970 1972 Oklahoma
5.Jahvid Best* 7.33 2007 2009 California
6.Reggie Bush* 7.32 2003 2005 Southern California
7.Kareem Hunt 7.30 2013 2015 Toledo
8.Dri Archer* 7.21 2009 2013 Kent State
9.Ki-Jana Carter 7.16 1992 1994 Penn State
10.Mike Rozier 7.16 1981 1983 Nebraska
11.Brent Fullwood 7.15 1983 1986 Auburn
12.Anthony Alridge* 7.15 2005 2007 Houston
13.Tevin Coleman 7.12 2012 2014 Indiana
14.Ezekiel Elliott 7.06 2013 2015 Ohio State
15.Billy Sims* 7.02 1975 1979 Oklahoma
16.Henry Josey* 7.02 2010 2013 Missouri
17.Tom Larscheid 6.98 1959 1961 Utah State
18.Warrick Dunn 6.89 1993 1996 Florida State
19.Colin Kaepernick* 6.85 2007 2010 Nevada
20.Levron Williams 6.85 1998 2001 Indiana
21.Vince Young* 6.84 2003 2005 Texas
22.Calvin Jones 6.84 1991 1993 Nebraska
23.Gwain Durden 6.83 1977 1980 Chattanooga
24.Pete Pedro 6.80 1961 1963 West Texas A&M
25.Barry Sanders 6.80 1986 1988 Oklahoma State
26.Eddie Lacy* 6.77 2010 2012 Alabama
27.Ahman Green 6.76 1995 1997 Nebraska
28.Kermit Johnson 6.74 1971 1973 UCLA
29.Jeff Demps* 6.73 2008 2011 Florida
30.Benny Malone 6.71 1971 1973 Arizona State
31.Gordon Brown 6.70 1984 1985 Tulsa
32.Jeremiah Johnson* 6.69 2005 2008 Oregon
33.Kevin Lowe 6.69 1981 1984 Wyoming
34.Duke Johnson* 6.69 2012 2014 Miami (FL)
35.Charlie Garner 6.67 1992 1993 Tennessee
36.Dee Dowis 6.65 1986 1989 Air Force
37.Marcus Mariota* 6.64 2012 2014 Oregon
38.J.J. Arrington* 6.63 2003 2004 California
39.Ernie Davis 6.63 1959 1961 Syracuse
40.Jon Hall 6.63 1970 1972 Citadel
41.Bo Jackson 6.62 1982 1985 Auburn
42.Ron Rivers* 6.62 1991 1993 Fresno State
43.Matt Jones* 6.61 2001 2015 West Virginia
44.Ryan Benjamin 6.59 1990 1992 Pacific
45.Marshawn Lynch* 6.59 2004 2006 California
46.LaMichael James* 6.59 2009 2011 Oregon
47.Kerwynn Williams* 6.58 2009 2012 Utah State
48.Jordan Lynch* 6.56 2010 2013 Northern Illinois
49.Pat White* 6.55 2005 2008 West Virginia
50.Rashard Mendenhall* 6.54 2005 2007 Illinois
51.Laverne Smith* 6.54 1973 1976 Kansas
52.Donnel Pumphrey 6.53 2013 2015 San Diego State
53.Trung Canidate 6.50 1996 1999 Arizona
54.Gale Sayers 6.49 1962 1964 Kansas
55.Jarvis Redwine* 6.48 1976 1980 Nebraska
56.Fred Henry 6.48 1970 1972 New Mexico
57.Vai Taua* 6.45 2007 2010 Nevada
58.Tony Nathan 6.44 1975 1978 Alabama
59.Todd Gurley* 6.44 2012 2014 Georgia
60.Mercury Morris* 6.44 1966 1968 West Texas A&M
61.Dexter McCluster* 6.43 2006 2009 Mississippi
62.Robert Newhouse* 6.42 1969 1971 Houston
63.Larry Johnson* 6.42 1999 2002 Penn State
64.Michael Desormeaux 6.42 2005 2008 Louisiana-Lafayette
65.Garrett Wolfe* 6.40 2004 2006 Northern Illinois
66.J.J. Flannigan 6.39 1987 1989 Colorado
67.Dabby Dawson* 6.38 1988 1989 Wyoming
68.Joe McKnight* 6.38 2007 2009 Southern California
69.Stacey Robinson 6.37 1988 1990 Northern Illinois
70.Glynn Harrison 6.37 1973 1975 Georgia
71.Onterio McCalebb* 6.37 2009 2012 Auburn
72.Eddie Hicks 6.37 1975 1978 East Carolina
73.Artie Owens* 6.37 1972 1975 West Virginia
74.Anthony Allen* 6.36 2009 2010 Georgia Tech
75.Elijah Williams 6.36 1994 1997 Florida
76.Jeff Smith 6.32 1980 1984 Nebraska
77.Kenny King* 6.32 1975 1978 Oklahoma
78.Ed Wesley* 6.31 2009 2011 Texas Christian
79.Travis Sims 6.30 1989 1992 Hawaii
80.Rashaan Salaam 6.29 1992 1994 Colorado
81.Johnny Manziel* 6.29 2012 2013 Texas A&M
82.Ja'Terian Douglas* 6.25 2010 2013 Tulsa
83.Keith Jones 6.25 1984 1987 Nebraska
84.Jeremy Hill* 6.25 2012 2013 Louisiana State
85.Roger Lawson 6.25 1969 1971 Western Michigan
86.Woody Green 6.25 1971 1973 Arizona State
87.James White* 6.24 2010 2013 Wisconsin
88.Jamaal Charles* 6.24 2005 2007 Texas
89.Jonathan Dwyer* 6.24 2007 2009 Georgia Tech
90.Ryan Moats 6.24 2002 2004 Louisiana Tech
91.Michael Gunter 6.23 1980 1983 Tulsa
92.Kenjon Barner* 6.23 2009 2012 Oregon
93.Chris Rainey* 6.22 2007 2011 Florida
94.DeAngelo Williams* 6.22 2002 2005 Memphis
95.Denard Robinson* 6.22 2009 2012 Michigan
96.Ricky Williams 6.21 1995 1998 Texas
97.Mike Gaddis 6.20 1988 1991 Oklahoma
98.Obie Graves 6.20 1977 1978 Cal State Fullerton
99.Paul Gipson 6.19 1966 1968 Houston
100.Lawrence Phillips 6.18 1993 1995 Nebraska
101.Josh Robinson* 6.18 2012 2014 Mississippi State
102.Adonis Thomas* 6.18 2008 2015 Alabama
103.Sammie Smith 6.18 1985 1988 Florida State
104.Kevin McDougal 6.15 1996 1999 Colorado State
105.Elvis Peacock* 6.15 1974 1977 Oklahoma
106.Ken Clark 6.15 1987 1989 Nebraska
107.Ryan Mathews* 6.14 2007 2009 Fresno State
108.Sean Jackson 6.13 1990 1993 Florida State
109.Carlos Hyde* 6.11 2010 2013 Ohio State
110.Byron Marshall* 6.11 2012 2015 Oregon
111.Dan Alexander 6.11 1997 2000 Nebraska
112.Darren Sproles* 6.11 2001 2004 Kansas State
113.Correll Buckhalter 6.11 1997 2000 Nebraska
114.Dick Bass 6.10 1956 1959 Pacific
115.Jim Bertelsen 6.09 1969 1971 Texas
116.Doug DuBose 6.09 1982 1985 Nebraska
117.Joe Washington 6.09 1972 1975 Oklahoma
118.Kenneth Davis 6.07 1982 1985 Texas Christian
119.Tyrone Wheatley* 6.07 1991 2015 Michigan
120.Bobby Williams 6.07 1995 1998 Army
121.Preacher Pilot 6.06 1961 1963 New Mexico State
122.Tshimanga Biakabutuka* 6.06 1993 1995 Michigan
123.Larry Dixon 6.06 2011 2014 Army
124.Archie Griffin* 6.05 1972 1975 Ohio State
125.Wendell Tyler* 6.05 1973 1976 UCLA
126.Greg Allen 6.04 1981 1984 Florida State
127.Michael Morton 6.04 1978 1981 Nevada-Las Vegas
128.Isaiah Pead* 6.03 2008 2011 Cincinnati
129.Mikel Leshoure* 6.03 2008 2010 Illinois
130.Dwone Hicks 6.02 1999 2002 Middle Tennessee State
131.Michael Haddix* 6.02 1979 1982 Mississippi State
132.Tony Collins 6.01 1977 1980 East Carolina
133.Roger Craig* 6.01 1979 1982 Nebraska
134.Robert Smith* 6.00 1990 1992 Ohio State
135.David Sims 6.00 1974 1976 Georgia Tech
136.Luke Staley 6.00 1999 2001 Brigham Young
137.Dantrell Savage* 5.99 2006 2007 Oklahoma State
138.Marshall Faulk 5.99 1991 1993 San Diego State
139.Myron Hardeman 5.98 1977 1978 Wyoming
140.Rob Lytle* 5.98 1974 1976 Michigan
141.Duane Thomas* 5.97 1966 1969 West Texas A&M
142.Chuckie Dukes 5.97 1991 1992 Boston College
143.Greg Johnson 5.97 1986 1989 Air Force
144.Tavian Banks 5.96 1994 1997 Iowa
145.Laurence Maroney* 5.96 2003 2005 Minnesota
146.Ciatrick Fason* 5.96 2002 2004 Florida
147.Raymond Maples* 5.96 2010 2014 Army
148.Edgerrin James* 5.96 1996 1998 Miami (FL)
 Lampford Mark* 5.96 2008 2011 Nevada
150.Garrison Hearst 5.95 1990 1992 Georgia
151.Leonard Henry 5.95 1998 2001 East Carolina
152.David Fluellen* 5.95 2010 2013 Toledo
153.Antonio Andrews* 5.95 2010 2013 Western Kentucky
154.Reggie Dupard 5.94 1982 1985 Southern Methodist
155.William Green 5.94 1999 2001 Boston College
156.Noel Devine* 5.93 2007 2010 West Virginia
157.Andre Richardson 5.93 1994 1996 Oklahoma State
158.Shonn Greene* 5.93 2005 2008 Iowa
159.Lionel James 5.92 1980 1983 Auburn
160.Willis McGahee* 5.92 2001 2002 Miami (FL)
161.Curtis Steele* 5.92 2008 2009 Memphis
162.Robert Lowe 5.92 2012 2015 Texas State
163.Steve Slaton* 5.91 2005 2007 West Virginia
164.Kendall Hunter* 5.91 2007 2010 Oklahoma State
165.Terry Kirby 5.90 1989 1992 Virginia
166.Bubba Bean 5.90 1972 1975 Texas A&M
167.Leroy Keyes 5.90 1966 1968 Purdue
168.Dennis Johnson* 5.90 2008 2012 Arkansas
169.Vernand Morency* 5.90 2002 2004 Oklahoma State
170.Kolby Smith* 5.90 2003 2006 Louisville
171.Derek Brown 5.89 1990 1992 Nebraska
172.Roy Helu Jr.* 5.89 2007 2010 Nebraska
 De'Mond Parker 5.89 1996 1998 Oklahoma
174.Luke Lippincott* 5.89 2006 2009 Nevada
175.Willard Harrell 5.88 1972 1974 Pacific
176.Calvin Murray* 5.88 1977 1980 Ohio State
177.Ickey Woods* 5.87 1984 1987 Nevada-Las Vegas
178.Robert Turbin* 5.87 2007 2011 Utah State
179.Quinton Smith* 5.87 2003 2006 Rice
180.Giovani Bernard* 5.87 2011 2012 North Carolina
181.Tarrion Adams* 5.86 2005 2008 Tulsa
182.Scott McConnell 5.86 1975 1978 Appalachian State
183.Mike Cloud 5.86 1995 1998 Boston College
184.Wendell Mathis* 5.86 2004 2005 Fresno State
185.Lydell Mitchell 5.86 1969 1971 Penn State
186.C.J. Spiller* 5.85 2006 2009 Clemson
187.Charles Sims* 5.85 2009 2013 West Virginia
188.Lee Becton 5.85 1991 1994 Notre Dame
189.Darren McFadden* 5.85 2005 2007 Arkansas
190.Ron Dayne* 5.84 1996 1999 Wisconsin
191.Lendale White* 5.84 2003 2005 Southern California
192.Deonce Whitaker 5.84 1998 2001 San Jose State
193.Walter Packer 5.84 1973 1976 Mississippi State
194.Michael Perry 5.83 1995 1998 Rice
195.Jerome Harrison 5.81 2004 2005 Washington State
196.Jim Bohl 5.81 1964 1966 New Mexico State
197.Earl Campbell 5.81 1974 1977 Texas
198.Marcus Murphy* 5.81 2010 2014 Missouri
199.Joshua Cribbs 5.81 2001 2004 Kent State
200.Jeff Logan* 5.81 1974 1977 Ohio State
201.Jon Cornish* 5.80 2002 2006 Kansas
202.Michael Wiley* 5.80 1996 1999 Ohio State
203.Trent Richardson* 5.80 2009 2011 Alabama
204.Damon Washington 5.79 1995 1998 Colorado State
205.Chester Taylor 5.79 1998 2001 Toledo
206.George Jones 5.78 1995 1996 San Diego State
207.Chris Wells* 5.78 2006 2008 Ohio State
208.Chad Hall* 5.78 2005 2007 Air Force
209.Eddie Lee Ivery 5.78 1975 1978 Georgia Tech
210.James Conner* 5.77 2013 2015 Pittsburgh
211.Tim Worley 5.77 1985 1988 Georgia
212.Tre Mason* 5.77 2011 2013 Auburn
213.J.J. Young 5.77 1991 1994 Oregon State
214.Bobby Ray Tell 5.77 1996 1999 Louisiana Tech
215.T.J. Yeldon* 5.77 2012 2014 Alabama
216.Michael Bush* 5.77 2003 2006 Louisville
217.Alois Blackwell 5.76 1975 1977 Houston
218.Curtis Enis 5.76 1995 1997 Penn State
219.David Wilson* 5.76 2009 2011 Virginia Tech
220.Keith Toston* 5.76 2006 2009 Oklahoma State
221.Stephen Davis 5.76 1993 1995 Auburn
222.Kenton Keith 5.75 1998 2001 New Mexico State
223.Tyrell Fenroy 5.75 2005 2008 Louisiana-Lafayette
224.Eddie Lewis 5.75 1982 1985 Utah
225.Nick Marshall 5.74 2013 2014 Auburn
226.Dajuane Collins 5.74 2006 2009 Toledo
227.Darrin Nelson 5.74 1977 1981 Stanford
228.Clinton Portis 5.73 1999 2001 Miami (FL)
229.Evan Royster* 5.73 2007 2010 Penn State
230.Fred Taylor 5.73 1994 1997 Florida
231.Lamar Miller* 5.73 2010 2011 Miami (FL)
232.Wendell Mathis* 5.72 2002 2005 Fresno State
233.Asher Clark* 5.72 2008 2011 Air Force
234.Dick Jauron 5.72 1970 1972 Yale
235.Jonathan Williams 5.72 2012 2015 Arkansas
236.Tommie Frazier 5.72 1992 1995 Nebraska
237.Robert Drummond 5.71 1985 1988 Syracuse
238.Keith Woodside 5.71 1983 1987 Texas A&M
239.Elliott Walker* 5.71 1974 1977 Pittsburgh
240.LaDainian Tomlinson* 5.71 1997 2000 Texas Christian
241.Tony Green* 5.71 1974 1977 Florida
242.Eddie Johnson 5.71 1984 1988 Utah
243.Ka'Deem Carey* 5.71 2011 2013 Arizona
244.Terrence Flagler* 5.70 1982 1986 Clemson
245.Tony Boles* 5.70 1987 1989 Michigan
246.Mark Ingram* 5.70 2008 2010 Alabama
247.Marion Barber III* 5.70 2001 2004 Minnesota
248.Gerald Hudson 5.69 1988 1990 Oklahoma State
249.Napoleon Kaufman 5.69 1991 1994 Washington
250.Vick Ballard* 5.69 2010 2011 Mississippi State