Single Season Leaders and Records for Rushing Yards

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Leaders

  • Since 1956
Leaders Table
Rk Player Yds Year School
1Barry Sanders*26281988Oklahoma State
2Melvin Gordon*25872014Wisconsin
3Kevin Smith*25672007Central Florida
4Marcus Allen*24271981Southern California
5Derrick Henry*22192015Alabama
6Troy Davis21851996Iowa State
7Andre Williams*21772013Boston College
8LaDainian Tomlinson*21582000Texas Christian
9Tony Dorsett*21501976Pittsburgh
10Mike Rozier*21481983Nebraska
11Matt Forte21272007Tulane
12Ricky Williams*21241998Texas
13Ron Dayne*21091996Wisconsin
14Larry Johnson*20872002Penn State
15Donald Brown*20832008Connecticut
16Lorenzo White*20661985Michigan State
17Damien Anderson*20632000Northwestern
18Rashaan Salaam*20551994Colorado
19Charles White*20501979Southern California
20Tevin Coleman20362014Indiana
21Ron Dayne*20341999Wisconsin
22Christian McCaffrey*20192015Stanford
23J.J. Arrington*20182004California
24Ray Rice*20122007Rutgers
25Troy Davis20101995Iowa State
26Byron Hanspard*20001996Texas Tech
27Darren Sproles*19862003Kansas State
28LeShon Johnson19761993Northern Illinois
29LaDainian Tomlinson*19741999Texas Christian
30DeAngelo Williams*19642005Memphis
31Ricky Bell*19571975Southern California
32Leonard Fournette*19532015Louisiana State
33DeAngelo Williams*19482004Memphis
34Ka'Deem Carey*19292012Arizona
35Garrett Wolfe*19282006Northern Illinois
36Eddie George*19271995Ohio State
37Adrian Peterson*19252004Oklahoma
38Montee Ball*19232011Wisconsin
39Jordan Lynch*19202013Northern Illinois
40Michael Turner19152002Northern Illinois
41Wasean Tait*19051995Toledo
42Jerome Harrison19002005Washington State
43Ricky Williams18931997Texas
44Herschel Walker*18911981Georgia
45Brian Pruitt*18901994Central Michigan
46Ka'Deem Carey*18852013Arizona
47Quentin Griffin*18842002Oklahoma
48Stefphon Jefferson*18832012Nevada
49Ed Marinaro18811971Cornell
50O.J. Simpson*18801968Southern California
51Ezekiel Elliott*18782014Ohio State
52Ahman Green*18771997Nebraska
Ernest Anderson18771982Oklahoma State
54Toby Gerhart*18712009Stanford
55Bishop Sankey*18702013Washington
56Donnel Pumphrey*18672014San Diego State
57Paul Palmer18661986Temple
58Don McCauley*18631970North Carolina
59Charles White*18591978Southern California
60Shonn Greene*18502008Iowa
61George Jones18421995San Diego State
62Chris Brown*18412002Colorado
63Royce Freeman*18382015Oregon
64Cedric Benson*18342004Texas
65Montee Ball*18302012Wisconsin
Darren McFadden*18302007Arkansas
67Jay Ajayi*18232014Boise State
68Ezekiel Elliott*18212015Ohio State
69Tre Mason*18162013Auburn
70Jordan Lynch*18152012Northern Illinois
71Ryan Mathews*18082009Fresno State
72LaMichael James*18052011Oregon
Vaughn Dunbar*18051991Indiana
74Jamario Thomas*18012004North Texas
75Dion Lewis*17992009Pittsburgh
76Thomas Jones*17981999Virginia
77Ray Rice*17942006Rutgers
78Le'Veon Bell*17932012Michigan State
Anthony Thompson17931989Indiana
80Craig Heyward*17911987Pittsburgh
81Obie Graves17891978Cal State Fullerton
82Travis Prentice17871998Miami (OH)
83Bo Jackson*17861985Auburn
84Darnell Autry*17851995Northwestern
85George Rogers*17811980South Carolina
86Ryan Moats17742004Louisiana Tech
87Devon Johnson*17672014Marshall
Kenjon Barner*17672012Oregon
89James Conner*17652014Pittsburgh
90Keith Byars*17641984Ohio State
91Billy Sims*17621978Oklahoma
92Greg Pruitt*17601971Oklahoma
93Robert Newhouse*17571971Houston
94Willis McGahee*17532002Miami (FL)
95Bam Morris*17521993Texas Tech
Herschel Walker*17521982Georgia
97Scott Harley17451996East Carolina
98Steve Slaton*17442006West Virginia
Earl Campbell*17441977Texas
100Kapri Bibbs*17412013Colorado State

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