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Single Season Leaders and Records for Rushing Yards

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Since 1956

Rank Player Yds Season School
1.Barry Sanders 2628 1988 Oklahoma State
2.Melvin Gordon 2587 2014 Wisconsin
3.Kevin Smith* 2567 2007 Central Florida
4.Marcus Allen* 2427 1981 Southern California
5.Troy Davis 2185 1996 Iowa State
6.Andre Williams 2177 2013 Boston College
7.LaDainian Tomlinson 2158 2000 Texas Christian
8.Tony Dorsett 2150 1976 Pittsburgh
9.Mike Rozier 2148 1983 Nebraska
10.Matt Forte 2127 2007 Tulane
11.Ricky Williams 2124 1998 Texas
12.Ron Dayne* 2109 1996 Wisconsin
13.Larry Johnson* 2087 2002 Penn State
14.Donald Brown* 2083 2008 Connecticut
15.Lorenzo White* 2066 1985 Michigan State
16.Damien Anderson* 2063 2000 Northwestern
17.Rashaan Salaam 2055 1994 Colorado
18.Charles White* 2050 1979 Southern California
19.Tevin Coleman 2036 2014 Indiana
20.Ron Dayne* 2034 1999 Wisconsin
21.J.J. Arrington* 2018 2004 California
22.Ray Rice* 2012 2007 Rutgers
23.Troy Davis 2010 1995 Iowa State
24.Byron Hanspard 2000 1996 Texas Tech
25.Darren Sproles* 1986 2003 Kansas State
26.LeShon Johnson 1976 1993 Northern Illinois
27.LaDainian Tomlinson* 1974 1999 Texas Christian
28.DeAngelo Williams* 1964 2005 Memphis
29.Ricky Bell* 1957 1975 Southern California
30.DeAngelo Williams* 1948 2004 Memphis
31.Ka'Deem Carey* 1929 2012 Arizona
32.Garrett Wolfe* 1928 2006 Northern Illinois
33.Eddie George* 1927 1995 Ohio State
34.Adrian Peterson* 1925 2004 Oklahoma
35.Montee Ball* 1923 2011 Wisconsin
36.Jordan Lynch 1920 2013 Northern Illinois
37.Michael Turner 1915 2002 Northern Illinois
38.Wasean Tait 1905 1995 Toledo
39.Jerome Harrison 1900 2005 Washington State
40.Ricky Williams 1893 1997 Texas
41.Herschel Walker 1891 1981 Georgia
42.Brian Pruitt 1890 1994 Central Michigan
43.Ka'Deem Carey 1885 2013 Arizona
44.Quentin Griffin* 1884 2002 Oklahoma
45.Stefphon Jefferson* 1883 2012 Nevada
46.Ed Marinaro 1881 1971 Cornell
47.O.J. Simpson* 1880 1968 Southern California
48.Ezekiel Elliott 1878 2014 Ohio State
49.Ahman Green 1877 1997 Nebraska
 Ernest Anderson 1877 1982 Oklahoma State
51.Toby Gerhart* 1871 2009 Stanford
52.Bishop Sankey 1870 2013 Washington
53.Donnel Pumphrey 1867 2014 San Diego State
54.Paul Palmer 1866 1986 Temple
55.Don McCauley* 1863 1970 North Carolina
56.Charles White* 1859 1978 Southern California
57.Shonn Greene* 1850 2008 Iowa
58.George Jones 1842 1995 San Diego State
59.Chris Brown* 1841 2002 Colorado
60.Cedric Benson* 1834 2004 Texas
61.Montee Ball* 1830 2012 Wisconsin
 Darren McFadden* 1830 2007 Arkansas
63.Jay Ajayi 1823 2014 Boise State
64.Tre Mason 1816 2013 Auburn
65.Jordan Lynch* 1815 2012 Northern Illinois
66.Ryan Mathews* 1808 2009 Fresno State
67.LaMichael James* 1805 2011 Oregon
 Vaughn Dunbar* 1805 1991 Indiana
69.Jamario Thomas* 1801 2004 North Texas
70.Dion Lewis* 1799 2009 Pittsburgh
71.Thomas Jones 1798 1999 Virginia
72.Ray Rice* 1794 2006 Rutgers
73.Le'Veon Bell* 1793 2012 Michigan State
 Anthony Thompson 1793 1989 Indiana
75.Craig Heyward* 1791 1987 Pittsburgh
76.Obie Graves 1789 1978 Cal State Fullerton
77.Travis Prentice 1787 1998 Miami (OH)
78.Bo Jackson 1786 1985 Auburn
79.Darnell Autry* 1785 1995 Northwestern
80.George Rogers 1781 1980 South Carolina
81.Ryan Moats 1774 2004 Louisiana Tech
82.Devon Johnson 1767 2014 Marshall
 Kenjon Barner* 1767 2012 Oregon
84.James Conner 1765 2014 Pittsburgh
85.Keith Byars* 1764 1984 Ohio State
86.Billy Sims 1762 1978 Oklahoma
87.Greg Pruitt* 1760 1971 Oklahoma
88.Robert Newhouse* 1757 1971 Houston
89.Willis McGahee* 1753 2002 Miami (FL)
90.Bam Morris 1752 1993 Texas Tech
 Herschel Walker 1752 1982 Georgia
92.Scott Harley 1745 1996 East Carolina
93.Steve Slaton* 1744 2006 West Virginia
 Earl Campbell 1744 1977 Texas
95.Kapri Bibbs 1741 2013 Colorado State
96.Reggie Bush* 1740 2005 Southern California
97.Miquale Lewis* 1736 2008 Ball State
98.Johnathan Franklin* 1734 2012 UCLA
99.Chance Kretschmer 1732 2001 Nevada
100.LaMichael James* 1731 2010 Oregon