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Career Leaders and Records for Rushing Yards

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Since 1956

Rank Player Yds From To Last School
1.Ron Dayne* 7125 1996 1999 Wisconsin
2.Tony Dorsett* 6526 1973 1976 Pittsburgh
3.Ricky Williams 6279 1995 1998 Texas
4.Charles White* 6245 1976 1979 Southern California
5.DeAngelo Williams* 6026 2002 2005 Memphis
6.Travis Prentice 5596 1996 1999 Miami (OH)
7.Archie Griffin* 5589 1972 1975 Ohio State
8.Cedric Benson* 5540 2001 2004 Texas
9.LaDainian Tomlinson* 5387 1997 2000 Texas Christian
10.Damion Fletcher* 5302 2006 2009 Southern Mississippi
11.Anthony Thompson* 5299 1986 1989 Indiana
12.Herschel Walker 5259 1980 1982 Georgia
13.Garrett Wolfe* 5164 2004 2006 Northern Illinois
14.Montee Ball* 5140 2009 2012 Wisconsin
15.George Rogers* 5091 1977 1980 South Carolina
16.LaMichael James* 5082 2009 2011 Oregon
17.Ken Simonton* 5044 1998 2001 Oregon State
18.Michael Hart* 5040 2004 2007 Michigan
19.Avon Cobourne* 5039 1999 2002 West Virginia
20.Darren Lewis 5012 1987 1990 Texas A&M
21.Darren Sproles* 4979 2001 2004 Kansas State
22.Dontrell Moore* 4956 2002 2005 New Mexico
23.Trevor Cobb 4948 1989 1992 Rice
24.Michael Turner 4941 2000 2003 Northern Illinois
25.Ray Rice* 4926 2005 2007 Rutgers
26.Melvin Gordon* 4915 2011 2014 Wisconsin
27.Paul Palmer 4895 1983 1986 Temple
28.Lorenzo White* 4887 1984 1987 Michigan State
29.Thurman Thomas* 4847 1984 1987 Oklahoma State
30.Steve Bartalo 4813 1983 1986 Colorado State
31.Marcus Allen* 4810 1978 1981 Southern California
32.Montel Harris* 4789 2008 2012 Temple
33.Mike Rozier 4780 1981 1983 Nebraska
34.Terry Miller* 4754 1974 1977 Oklahoma State
35.Ed Marinaro 4715 1969 1971 Cornell
36.Denvis Manns 4692 1995 1998 New Mexico State
37.Kevin Smith* 4679 2005 2007 Central Florida
38.Anthony Davis* 4676 2001 2004 Wisconsin
39.Robbie Rouse* 4647 2009 2012 Fresno State
40.Tyrell Fenroy 4646 2005 2008 Louisiana-Lafayette
 Chester Taylor 4646 1998 2001 Toledo
42.Ted Brown 4602 1975 1978 North Carolina State
43.Darren McFadden* 4590 2005 2007 Arkansas
44.Marshall Faulk 4589 1991 1993 San Diego State
45.Ameer Abdullah* 4588 2011 2014 Nebraska
 Vai Taua* 4588 2007 2010 Nevada
47.Kevin Faulk 4557 1995 1998 Louisiana State
48.Bobby Rainey 4542 2008 2011 Western Kentucky
49.Darrell Thompson 4518 1986 1989 Minnesota
50.Denard Robinson* 4495 2009 2012 Michigan
51.Damien Anderson* 4485 1998 2001 Northwestern
52.Pat White* 4480 2005 2008 West Virginia
53.Eric Dickerson 4450 1979 1982 Southern Methodist
54.Earl Campbell 4443 1974 1977 Texas
55.Johnathan Franklin* 4403 2009 2012 UCLA
56.Kalvin McRae* 4398 2004 2007 Ohio
 Javon Ringer* 4398 2005 2008 Michigan State
58.Jamie Morris* 4392 1984 1987 Michigan
59.Amos Lawrence 4391 1977 1980 North Carolina
60.Troy Davis 4382 1994 1996 Iowa State
61.Deland McCullough 4368 1992 1995 Miami (OH)
62.Mewelde Moore* 4364 2000 2003 Tulane
63.Jordan Lynch* 4343 2010 2013 Northern Illinois
64.Autry Denson* 4318 1995 1998 Notre Dame
 David Thompson 4318 1993 1996 Oklahoma State
66.Noel Devine* 4315 2007 2010 West Virginia
67.Bo Jackson 4303 1982 1985 Auburn
68.Stepfan Taylor* 4300 2009 2012 Stanford
69.Mike Mayweather 4299 1987 1990 Army
 Joe Morris 4299 1978 1981 Syracuse
71.Matt Forte 4265 2004 2007 Tulane
72.Chris Lemon 4246 1996 1999 Nevada
73.Reggie Taylor 4242 1983 1986 Cincinnati
74.Ka'Deem Carey* 4239 2011 2013 Arizona
75.Lance Dunbar 4224 2008 2011 North Texas
76.Tico Duckett* 4212 1989 1992 Michigan State
77.Brad Smith* 4193 2002 2005 Missouri
78.Jerome Persell 4190 1976 1978 Western Michigan
79.Zach Line* 4185 2009 2012 Southern Methodist
80.Ian Johnson* 4183 2005 2008 Boise State
81.Kendall Hunter* 4181 2007 2010 Oklahoma State
82.Napoleon McCallum 4179 1981 1985 Navy
83.Tyrone Wheatley* 4178 1991 1994 Michigan
84.George Swarn* 4172 1983 1986 Miami (OH)
85.Errict Rhett 4163 1989 1993 Florida
86.Curtis Adams 4162 1981 1984 Central Michigan
87.Wasean Tait 4153 1993 1998 Toledo
88.Lamont Jordan 4147 1997 2000 Maryland
89.Byron Hanspard 4135 1994 1996 Texas Tech
90.Allen Pinkett 4131 1982 1985 Notre Dame
91.Colin Kaepernick* 4112 2007 2010 Nevada
92.Robert Holcombe 4105 1994 1997 Illinois
93.Anthony Thomas 4098 1997 2000 Michigan
94.Amos Zereoue* 4086 1996 1998 West Virginia
95.James Gray 4066 1986 1989 Texas Tech
 Robert Lavette 4066 1981 1984 Georgia Tech
97.Stump Mitchell 4062 1977 1980 Citadel
98.Mike Voight* 4061 1973 1976 North Carolina
99.Demario Brown 4053 1996 1999 Utah State
100.Dalton Hilliard 4050 1982 1985 Louisiana State
101.Branden Oliver 4049 2010 2013 Buffalo
 Chris Polk* 4049 2008 2011 Washington
103.Brock Forsey* 4045 1999 2002 Boise State
104.Napoleon Kaufman 4041 1991 1994 Washington
 Adrian Peterson* 4041 2004 2006 Oklahoma
106.Charles Alexander 4035 1975 1978 Louisiana State
107.Darrin Nelson 4033 1977 1981 Stanford
108.Chris Barclay* 4032 2002 2005 Wake Forest
109.James White* 4015 2010 2013 Wisconsin
110.Marcus Merriweather 4002 1999 2002 Ball State
111.Thomas Jones 3998 1996 1999 Virginia
112.Joe Washington 3995 1972 1975 Oklahoma
113.Anthony Dixon* 3994 2006 2009 Mississippi State
114.Astron Whatley 3989 1994 1997 Kent State
115.Steve Hookfin 3972 1995 1998 Ohio
116.Raymond Priester* 3966 1994 1997 Clemson
117.Warrick Dunn 3959 1993 1996 Florida State
118.P.J. Hill* 3942 2006 2008 Wisconsin
119.Eric Bieniemy 3940 1987 1990 Colorado
120.Reggie Arnold 3933 2006 2009 Arkansas State
 Laurence Maroney* 3933 2003 2005 Minnesota
 Abu Wilson 3933 1992 1996 Utah State
123.Evan Royster* 3932 2007 2010 Penn State
124.Steve Owens* 3928 1967 1969 Oklahoma
 Emmitt Smith 3928 1987 1989 Florida
126.Steve Slaton* 3923 2005 2007 West Virginia
127.Patrick Cobbs* 3911 2001 2005 North Texas
128.Sedrick Shaw* 3908 1993 1996 Iowa
129.Antwaan Randle El 3895 1998 2001 Indiana
130.Tyrell Sutton* 3886 2005 2008 Northwestern
131.James Davis* 3881 2005 2008 Clemson
132.Ahman Green 3880 1995 1997 Nebraska
133.Jacquizz Rodgers* 3877 2008 2010 Oregon State
134.BenJarvus Green-Ellis 3869 2003 2007 Mississippi
135.Yvenson Bernard* 3862 2004 2007 Oregon State
 Mike Williams 3862 1975 1978 New Mexico
137.Butch Woolfolk* 3861 1978 1981 Michigan
138.June Henley 3841 1993 1996 Kansas
139.Sonny Collins 3835 1972 1975 Kentucky
140.Carnell Williams* 3831 2001 2004 Auburn
141.Eric Wilkerson 3830 1985 1988 Kent State
142.Billy Sims* 3820 1975 1979 Oklahoma
143.James McDougald 3811 1976 1979 Wake Forest
144.Thomas Hamner* 3810 1996 1999 Minnesota
145.Donald Brown* 3800 2006 2008 Connecticut
146.Jay Ajayi* 3796 2012 2014 Boise State
 Quentin Griffin* 3796 1999 2002 Oklahoma
148.Darnell Autry* 3793 1994 1996 Northwestern
149.Chance Kretschmer 3782 2001 2004 Nevada
150.Tony Sands 3777 1988 1991 Kansas
151.Reggie Dupard 3772 1982 1985 Southern Methodist
152.Greg Allen 3769 1981 1984 Florida State
153.Eddie George* 3768 1992 1995 Ohio State
154.Cyrus Lawrence 3767 1979 1982 Virginia Tech
155.Darren Davis 3763 1996 1999 Iowa State
156.Woody Green 3754 1971 1973 Arizona State
157.Blake Ezor* 3749 1986 1989 Michigan State
 Tony Jeffery 3749 1984 1987 Texas Christian
159.Miquale Lewis* 3748 2006 2010 Ball State
160.Junior Smith 3745 1991 1994 East Carolina
161.Craig James 3742 1979 1982 Southern Methodist
162.Andre Williams* 3739 2010 2013 Boston College
163.Tim Cornett 3733 2010 2013 Nevada-Las Vegas
164.Derrick Knight* 3725 2000 2003 Boston College
165.Anthony Davis* 3724 1972 1974 Southern California
166.Eugene Jarvis 3720 2006 2010 Kent State
167.Billy Marek 3709 1972 1975 Wisconsin
168.Curtis Dickey 3703 1976 1979 Texas A&M
169.Troy Stradford* 3700 1982 1986 Boston College
170.Jerry Mays 3699 1985 1989 Georgia Tech
171.Leon Johnson 3693 1993 1996 North Carolina
 Brian Pruitt 3693 1992 1994 Central Michigan
173.Ricky Bell* 3689 1974 1976 Southern California
174.Ladell Betts* 3686 1998 2001 Iowa
 Gwain Durden 3686 1977 1980 Chattanooga
176.Demarco Murray* 3685 2007 2010 Oklahoma
177.Walter Abercrombie* 3674 1978 1981 Baylor
 Antonio Andrews* 3674 2010 2013 Western Kentucky
179.Ernest Anderson* 3672 1979 1983 Oklahoma State
180.Brandon West* 3671 2006 2009 Western Michigan
181.Joshua Cribbs 3670 2001 2004 Kent State
182.Chris Perry* 3657 2000 2003 Michigan
183.Ricky Williams 3656 1997 2001 Texas Tech
184.Tarrion Adams* 3651 2005 2008 Tulsa
185.Joe McIntosh 3642 1981 1984 North Carolina State
186.Ketric Sanford 3636 1996 1999 Houston
187.Mike Alstott 3635 1992 1995 Purdue
188.Trung Canidate 3626 1996 1999 Arizona
189.Steven Jackson* 3625 2001 2003 Oregon State
190.Kenjon Barner* 3623 2009 2012 Oregon
191.Dwone Hicks 3613 1999 2002 Middle Tennessee State
192.Dee Dowis 3612 1986 1989 Air Force
193.Rodney Stewart 3598 2008 2011 Colorado
194.Mike Cloud 3597 1995 1998 Boston College
 Kareem Wilson 3597 1995 1998 Ohio
196.Ben Garry 3595 1974 1977 Southern Mississippi
197.Asher Clark* 3594 2008 2011 Air Force
198.James Sims 3592 2010 2013 Kansas
199.Gaston Green* 3587 1984 1987 UCLA
200.Dexter Green* 3585 1975 1978 Iowa State
201.Derrick Nix* 3584 1998 2002 Southern Mississippi
202.John Harvey* 3576 1985 1988 Texas-El Paso
203.Ben Cowins 3570 1975 1978 Arkansas
 Bernard Pierce* 3570 2009 2011 Temple
205.Floyd Allen 3569 1978 1981 Virginia Military Institute
206.Shaun Alexander 3565 1996 1999 Alabama
207.Rodney Ferguson* 3564 2004 2008 New Mexico
208.Larry Ned 3562 1998 2001 San Diego State
209.Mercury Morris* 3561 1966 1968 West Texas A&M
210.Demarco McCleskey* 3559 1998 2002 Cincinnati
211.Barry Sanders 3556 1986 1988 Oklahoma State
212.Tim Spencer* 3553 1979 1982 Ohio State
 Tremayne Stephens 3553 1994 1997 North Carolina State
214.C.J. Spiller* 3547 2006 2009 Clemson
215.Bam Morris 3545 1991 1993 Texas Tech
216.Bo Robinson 3542 1975 1978 West Texas A&M
217.Rick Parros 3537 1976 1979 Utah State
218.Michael Gunter 3536 1980 1983 Tulsa
 Carlton Jones 3536 2002 2005 Army
220.Alfred Morris* 3529 2008 2011 Florida Atlantic
221.James Brooks 3523 1977 1980 Auburn
222.Toby Gerhart* 3522 2006 2009 Stanford
223.Rueben Mayes 3519 1982 1985 Washington State
224.Eddie Lee Ivery 3517 1975 1978 Georgia Tech
225.Trey Watts* 3515 2010 2013 Tulsa
 Deonce Whitaker 3515 1998 2001 San Jose State
227.Sedrick Irvin* 3504 1996 1998 Michigan State
228.Allen Ross 3500 1977 1980 Northern Illinois
229.Louie Giammona 3499 1973 1975 Utah State
230.Gary Patton* 3497 1984 1987 Eastern Michigan
231.Bishop Sankey* 3496 2011 2013 Washington
 Jamario Thomas* 3496 2004 2007 North Texas
233.Alex Smith 3492 1994 1996 Indiana
234.Bernie Parmalee 3483 1987 1990 Ball State
235.Cody Fajardo* 3482 2011 2014 Nevada
236.Kevin Jones* 3475 2001 2003 Virginia Tech
237.Trinity Dawson* 3474 2002 2005 Toledo
238.Ron Rivers* 3473 1991 1993 Fresno State
239.Vagas Ferguson 3472 1976 1979 Notre Dame
240.Howard Jackson* 3466 2001 2004 Texas-El Paso
241.Tashard Choice* 3465 2004 2007 Georgia Tech
242.Roscoe Coles 3459 1974 1977 Virginia Tech
243.Mike Smith 3457 1976 1980 Chattanooga
244.Harvey Unga* 3455 2006 2009 Brigham Young
245.Dewhitt Betterson* 3441 2001 2004 Troy
246.Adam Dach 3438 1987 1991 Northern Illinois
247.Andre Ellington* 3436 2009 2012 Clemson
248.Eric Crouch 3434 1998 2001 Nebraska
249.Damon Washington 3432 1995 1998 Colorado State
250.Gary Allen 3431 1978 1981 Hawaii
 Doug Martin* 3431 2007 2011 Boise State