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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.Keenan Reynolds* 4559 2012 2015 Navy
48.Jahwan Edwards* 4558 2011 2014 Ball State
49.Kevin Faulk 4557 1995 1998 Louisiana State
50.Bobby Rainey 4542 2008 2011 Western Kentucky
51.Darrell Thompson 4518 1986 1989 Minnesota
52.Denard Robinson* 4495 2009 2012 Michigan
53.Damien Anderson* 4485 1998 2001 Northwestern
54.Kenneth Dixon* 4483 2012 2015 Louisiana Tech
55.Pat White* 4480 2005 2008 West Virginia
56.Eric Dickerson 4450 1979 1982 Southern Methodist
57.Earl Campbell 4443 1974 1977 Texas
58.Johnathan Franklin* 4403 2009 2012 UCLA
59.Kalvin McRae* 4398 2004 2007 Ohio
 Javon Ringer* 4398 2005 2008 Michigan State
61.Jamie Morris* 4392 1984 1987 Michigan
62.Amos Lawrence 4391 1977 1980 North Carolina
63.Troy Davis 4382 1994 1996 Iowa State
64.Deland McCullough 4368 1992 1995 Miami (OH)
65.Mewelde Moore* 4364 2000 2003 Tulane
66.Jordan Lynch* 4343 2010 2013 Northern Illinois
67.Autry Denson* 4318 1995 1998 Notre Dame
 David Thompson 4318 1993 1996 Oklahoma State
69.Noel Devine* 4315 2007 2010 West Virginia
70.Bo Jackson 4303 1982 1985 Auburn
71.Stepfan Taylor* 4300 2009 2012 Stanford
72.Mike Mayweather 4299 1987 1990 Army
 Joe Morris 4299 1978 1981 Syracuse
74.Donnel Pumphrey* 4272 2013 2015 San Diego State
75.Matt Forte 4265 2004 2007 Tulane
76.Chris Lemon 4246 1996 1999 Nevada
77.Reggie Taylor 4242 1983 1986 Cincinnati
78.Ka'Deem Carey* 4239 2011 2013 Arizona
79.Lance Dunbar 4224 2008 2011 North Texas
80.Tico Duckett* 4212 1989 1992 Michigan State
81.Brad Smith* 4193 2002 2005 Missouri
82.Jerome Persell 4190 1976 1978 Western Michigan
83.Zach Line* 4185 2009 2012 Southern Methodist
84.Ian Johnson* 4183 2005 2008 Boise State
85.Kendall Hunter* 4181 2007 2010 Oklahoma State
86.Napoleon McCallum 4179 1981 1985 Navy
87.Tyrone Wheatley* 4178 1991 1994 Michigan
88.George Swarn* 4172 1983 1986 Miami (OH)
89.Errict Rhett 4163 1989 1993 Florida
90.Curtis Adams 4162 1981 1984 Central Michigan
91.Wasean Tait 4153 1993 1998 Toledo
92.Lamont Jordan 4147 1997 2000 Maryland
93.Byron Hanspard 4135 1994 1996 Texas Tech
94.Allen Pinkett 4131 1982 1985 Notre Dame
95.Colin Kaepernick* 4112 2007 2010 Nevada
96.Robert Holcombe 4105 1994 1997 Illinois
97.Anthony Thomas 4098 1997 2000 Michigan
98.Amos Zereoue* 4086 1996 1998 West Virginia
99.James Gray 4066 1986 1989 Texas Tech
 Robert Lavette 4066 1981 1984 Georgia Tech
101.Stump Mitchell 4062 1977 1980 Citadel
102.Mike Voight* 4061 1973 1976 North Carolina
103.Demario Brown 4053 1996 1999 Utah State
104.Dalton Hilliard 4050 1982 1985 Louisiana State
105.Branden Oliver* 4049 2010 2013 Buffalo
 Chris Polk* 4049 2008 2011 Washington
107.Brock Forsey* 4045 1999 2002 Boise State
108.Napoleon Kaufman 4041 1991 1994 Washington
 Adrian Peterson* 4041 2004 2006 Oklahoma
110.Charles Alexander 4035 1975 1978 Louisiana State
111.Darrin Nelson 4033 1977 1981 Stanford
112.Chris Barclay* 4032 2002 2005 Wake Forest
113.James White* 4015 2010 2013 Wisconsin
114.Marcus Merriweather 4002 1999 2002 Ball State
115.Thomas Jones 3998 1996 1999 Virginia
116.Joe Washington 3995 1972 1975 Oklahoma
117.Anthony Dixon* 3994 2006 2009 Mississippi State
118.Astron Whatley 3989 1994 1997 Kent State
119.Steve Hookfin 3972 1995 1998 Ohio
120.Raymond Priester* 3966 1994 1997 Clemson
121.Ezekiel Elliott* 3961 2013 2015 Ohio State
122.Warrick Dunn 3959 1993 1996 Florida State
123.P.J. Hill* 3942 2006 2008 Wisconsin
124.Eric Bieniemy 3940 1987 1990 Colorado
125.Reggie Arnold 3933 2006 2009 Arkansas State
 Laurence Maroney* 3933 2003 2005 Minnesota
 Abu Wilson 3933 1992 1996 Utah State
128.Evan Royster* 3932 2007 2010 Penn State
129.Steve Owens* 3928 1967 1969 Oklahoma
 Emmitt Smith 3928 1987 1989 Florida
131.Steve Slaton* 3923 2005 2007 West Virginia
132.Patrick Cobbs* 3911 2001 2005 North Texas
133.Sedrick Shaw* 3908 1993 1996 Iowa
134.Antwaan Randle El 3895 1998 2001 Indiana
135.Tyrell Sutton* 3886 2005 2008 Northwestern
136.James Davis* 3881 2005 2008 Clemson
137.Ahman Green 3880 1995 1997 Nebraska
138.Jacquizz Rodgers* 3877 2008 2010 Oregon State
139.BenJarvus Green-Ellis 3869 2003 2007 Mississippi
140.Yvenson Bernard* 3862 2004 2007 Oregon State
 Mike Williams 3862 1975 1978 New Mexico
142.Butch Woolfolk* 3861 1978 1981 Michigan
143.Travis Greene* 3851 2012 2015 Bowling Green State
144.June Henley 3841 1993 1996 Kansas
145.Sonny Collins 3835 1972 1975 Kentucky
146.Carnell Williams* 3831 2001 2004 Auburn
147.Eric Wilkerson 3830 1985 1988 Kent State
148.Billy Sims* 3820 1975 1979 Oklahoma
149.James McDougald 3811 1976 1979 Wake Forest
150.Thomas Hamner* 3810 1996 1999 Minnesota
151.Donald Brown* 3800 2006 2008 Connecticut
152.Jay Ajayi* 3796 2012 2014 Boise State
 Quentin Griffin* 3796 1999 2002 Oklahoma
154.Darnell Autry* 3793 1994 1996 Northwestern
155.Chance Kretschmer 3782 2001 2004 Nevada
156.Tony Sands 3777 1988 1991 Kansas
157.Reggie Dupard 3772 1982 1985 Southern Methodist
158.Greg Allen 3769 1981 1984 Florida State
159.Eddie George* 3768 1992 1995 Ohio State
160.Cyrus Lawrence 3767 1979 1982 Virginia Tech
161.Darren Davis 3763 1996 1999 Iowa State
162.Woody Green 3754 1971 1973 Arizona State
163.Blake Ezor* 3749 1986 1989 Michigan State
 Tony Jeffery 3749 1984 1987 Texas Christian
165.Miquale Lewis* 3748 2006 2010 Ball State
166.Junior Smith 3745 1991 1994 East Carolina
167.Craig James 3742 1979 1982 Southern Methodist
168.Andre Williams* 3739 2010 2013 Boston College
169.Tim Cornett* 3733 2010 2013 Nevada-Las Vegas
170.Derrick Knight* 3725 2000 2003 Boston College
171.Anthony Davis* 3724 1972 1974 Southern California
172.Eugene Jarvis 3720 2006 2010 Kent State
173.Billy Marek 3709 1972 1975 Wisconsin
174.Alex Collins* 3703 2013 2015 Arkansas
 Curtis Dickey 3703 1976 1979 Texas A&M
176.Troy Stradford* 3700 1982 1986 Boston College
177.Jerry Mays 3699 1985 1989 Georgia Tech
178.Leon Johnson 3693 1993 1996 North Carolina
 Brian Pruitt 3693 1992 1994 Central Michigan
180.Ricky Bell* 3689 1974 1976 Southern California
181.Ladell Betts* 3686 1998 2001 Iowa
 Gwain Durden 3686 1977 1980 Chattanooga
183.Demarco Murray* 3685 2007 2010 Oklahoma
184.Jordan Howard 3681 2013 2015 Indiana
185.Walter Abercrombie* 3674 1978 1981 Baylor
 Antonio Andrews* 3674 2010 2013 Western Kentucky
187.Ernest Anderson* 3672 1979 1983 Oklahoma State
188.Brandon West* 3671 2006 2009 Western Michigan
189.Joshua Cribbs 3670 2001 2004 Kent State
190.Chris Perry* 3657 2000 2003 Michigan
191.Ricky Williams 3656 1997 2001 Texas Tech
192.Tarrion Adams* 3651 2005 2008 Tulsa
193.Joe McIntosh 3642 1981 1984 North Carolina State
194.Ketric Sanford 3636 1996 1999 Houston
195.Mike Alstott 3635 1992 1995 Purdue
196.Trung Canidate 3626 1996 1999 Arizona
197.Steven Jackson* 3625 2001 2003 Oregon State
198.Kenjon Barner* 3623 2009 2012 Oregon
199.Dwone Hicks 3613 1999 2002 Middle Tennessee State
200.Dee Dowis 3612 1986 1989 Air Force
201.Rodney Stewart 3598 2008 2011 Colorado
202.Mike Cloud 3597 1995 1998 Boston College
 Kareem Wilson 3597 1995 1998 Ohio
204.Ben Garry 3595 1974 1977 Southern Mississippi
205.Asher Clark* 3594 2008 2011 Air Force
206.James Sims 3592 2010 2013 Kansas
207.Derrick Henry* 3591 2013 2015 Alabama
208.Gaston Green* 3587 1984 1987 UCLA
209.Dexter Green* 3585 1975 1978 Iowa State
210.Derrick Nix* 3584 1998 2002 Southern Mississippi
211.John Harvey* 3576 1985 1988 Texas-El Paso
212.Ben Cowins 3570 1975 1978 Arkansas
 Bernard Pierce* 3570 2009 2011 Temple
214.Floyd Allen 3569 1978 1981 Virginia Military Institute
215.Shaun Alexander 3565 1996 1999 Alabama
216.Rodney Ferguson* 3564 2004 2008 New Mexico
217.Larry Ned 3562 1998 2001 San Diego State
218.Mercury Morris* 3561 1966 1968 West Texas A&M
219.Demarco McCleskey* 3559 1998 2002 Cincinnati
220.Barry Sanders 3556 1986 1988 Oklahoma State
221.Tim Spencer* 3553 1979 1982 Ohio State
 Tremayne Stephens 3553 1994 1997 North Carolina State
223.C.J. Spiller* 3547 2006 2009 Clemson
224.Bam Morris 3545 1991 1993 Texas Tech
225.Bo Robinson 3542 1975 1978 West Texas A&M
226.Rick Parros 3537 1976 1979 Utah State
227.Michael Gunter 3536 1980 1983 Tulsa
 Carlton Jones 3536 2002 2005 Army
229.Alfred Morris 3529 2008 2011 Florida Atlantic
230.James Brooks 3523 1977 1980 Auburn
231.Toby Gerhart* 3522 2006 2009 Stanford
232.Duke Johnson* 3519 2012 2014 Miami (FL)
 Rueben Mayes 3519 1982 1985 Washington State
234.Eddie Lee Ivery 3517 1975 1978 Georgia Tech
235.Trey Watts* 3515 2010 2013 Tulsa
 Deonce Whitaker 3515 1998 2001 San Jose State
237.Sedrick Irvin* 3504 1996 1998 Michigan State
238.Allen Ross 3500 1977 1980 Northern Illinois
239.Louie Giammona 3499 1973 1975 Utah State
240.Gary Patton* 3497 1984 1987 Eastern Michigan
241.Bishop Sankey* 3496 2011 2013 Washington
 Jamario Thomas* 3496 2004 2007 North Texas
243.Alex Smith 3492 1994 1996 Indiana
244.Paul Perkins* 3488 2013 2015 UCLA
245.Bernie Parmalee 3483 1987 1990 Ball State
246.Cody Fajardo* 3482 2011 2014 Nevada
247.Kevin Jones* 3475 2001 2003 Virginia Tech
248.Trinity Dawson* 3474 2002 2005 Toledo
249.Ron Rivers* 3473 1991 1993 Fresno State
250.Vagas Ferguson 3472 1976 1979 Notre Dame