Single Season Leaders and Records for Rushing Yards

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Leaders

  • Since 1956
Leaders Table
Rk Player Yds Year School
1Barry Sanders26281988Oklahoma State
2Melvin Gordon*25872014Wisconsin
3Kevin Smith*25672007Central Florida
4Marcus Allen*24271981Southern California
5Derrick Henry*22192015Alabama
6Troy Davis21851996Iowa State
7Andre Williams*21772013Boston College
8LaDainian Tomlinson21582000Texas Christian
9Tony Dorsett21501976Pittsburgh
10Mike Rozier21481983Nebraska
11Donnel Pumphrey21332016San Diego State
12Matt Forte21272007Tulane
13Ricky Williams21241998Texas
14Ron Dayne*21091996Wisconsin
15Larry Johnson*20872002Penn State
16Donald Brown*20832008Connecticut
17Lorenzo White*20661985Michigan State
18Damien Anderson*20632000Northwestern
19Rashaan Salaam20551994Colorado
20Charles White*20501979Southern California
21Tevin Coleman20362014Indiana
22Ron Dayne20341999Wisconsin
23D'Onta Foreman20282016Texas
24Christian McCaffrey*20192015Stanford
25J.J. Arrington*20182004California
26Ray Rice*20122007Rutgers
27Troy Davis20101995Iowa State
28Byron Hanspard20001996Texas Tech
29Darren Sproles*19862003Kansas State
30LeShon Johnson19761993Northern Illinois
31LaDainian Tomlinson*19741999Texas Christian
32DeAngelo Williams*19642005Memphis
33Ricky Bell*19571975Southern California
34Leonard Fournette*19532015Louisiana State
35DeAngelo Williams*19482004Memphis
36Ka'Deem Carey*19292012Arizona
37Garrett Wolfe*19282006Northern Illinois
38Eddie George*19271995Ohio State
39Adrian Peterson*19252004Oklahoma
40Montee Ball*19232011Wisconsin
41Jordan Lynch*19202013Northern Illinois
42Michael Turner19152002Northern Illinois
43Wasean Tait19051995Toledo
44Jerome Harrison19002005Washington State
45Ricky Williams18931997Texas
46Herschel Walker18911981Georgia
47Brian Pruitt18901994Central Michigan
48Ka'Deem Carey*18852013Arizona
49Quentin Griffin*18842002Oklahoma
50Stefphon Jefferson*18832012Nevada
51Ed Marinaro18811971Cornell
52O.J. Simpson*18801968Southern California
53Ezekiel Elliott*18782014Ohio State
54Ahman Green18771997Nebraska
Ernest Anderson18771982Oklahoma State
56Toby Gerhart*18712009Stanford
57Bishop Sankey*18702013Washington
58Donnel Pumphrey*18672014San Diego State
59Paul Palmer18661986Temple
60Don McCauley*18631970North Carolina
61Brian Hill18602016Wyoming
62Charles White*18591978Southern California
63Shonn Greene*18502008Iowa
64George Jones18421995San Diego State
65Chris Brown*18412002Colorado
66Royce Freeman*18382015Oregon
67Cedric Benson*18342004Texas
68Montee Ball*18302012Wisconsin
Darren McFadden*18302007Arkansas
70Jay Ajayi*18232014Boise State
71Ezekiel Elliott*18212015Ohio State
72Tre Mason*18162013Auburn
73Jordan Lynch*18152012Northern Illinois
74Ryan Mathews*18082009Fresno State
75LaMichael James*18052011Oregon
Vaughn Dunbar*18051991Indiana
77Jamario Thomas*18012004North Texas
78Dion Lewis*17992009Pittsburgh
79Thomas Jones17981999Virginia
80Ray Rice*17942006Rutgers
81Le'Veon Bell*17932012Michigan State
Anthony Thompson17931989Indiana
83Craig Heyward*17911987Pittsburgh
84Obie Graves17891978Cal State Fullerton
85Travis Prentice17871998Miami (OH)
86Bo Jackson17861985Auburn
87Darnell Autry*17851995Northwestern
88George Rogers17811980South Carolina
89Ryan Moats17742004Louisiana Tech
90Aaron Jones17732016Texas-El Paso
91Devon Johnson*17672014Marshall
Kenjon Barner*17672012Oregon
93Dalvin Cook17652016Florida State
James Conner*17652014Pittsburgh
95Keith Byars*17641984Ohio State
96Billy Sims17621978Oklahoma
97Greg Pruitt*17601971Oklahoma
98Robert Newhouse*17571971Houston
99Willis McGahee*17532002Miami (FL)
100Bam Morris17521993Texas Tech
Herschel Walker17521982Georgia

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