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Year-by-Year Leaders and Records for Rushing Yards

  • An asterisk (*) after a player's name indicates bowl stats are included.
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Since 1956

Season Player Yds School
2014 Melvin Gordon 2587 Wisconsin
2013 Andre Williams 2177 Boston College
2012 Ka'Deem Carey* 1929 Arizona
2011 Montee Ball* 1923 Wisconsin
2010 LaMichael James* 1731 Oregon
2009 Toby Gerhart* 1871 Stanford
2008 Donald Brown* 2083 Connecticut
2007 Kevin Smith* 2567 Central Florida
2006 Garrett Wolfe* 1928 Northern Illinois
2005 DeAngelo Williams* 1964 Memphis
2004 J.J. Arrington* 2018 California
2003 Darren Sproles* 1986 Kansas State
2002 Larry Johnson* 2087 Penn State
2001 Chance Kretschmer 1732 Nevada
2000 LaDainian Tomlinson 2158 Texas Christian
1999 Ron Dayne* 2034 Wisconsin
1998 Ricky Williams 2124 Texas
1997 Ricky Williams 1893 Texas
1996 Troy Davis 2185 Iowa State
1995 Troy Davis 2010 Iowa State
1994 Rashaan Salaam 2055 Colorado
1993 LeShon Johnson 1976 Northern Illinois
1992 Marshall Faulk 1630 San Diego State
1991 Vaughn Dunbar* 1805 Indiana
1990 Darren Lewis 1691 Texas A&M
1989 Anthony Thompson 1793 Indiana
1988 Barry Sanders 2628 Oklahoma State
1987 Craig Heyward* 1791 Pittsburgh
1986 Paul Palmer 1866 Temple
1985 Lorenzo White* 2066 Michigan State
1984 Keith Byars* 1764 Ohio State
1983 Mike Rozier 2148 Nebraska
1982 Ernest Anderson 1877 Oklahoma State
1981 Marcus Allen* 2427 Southern California
1980 George Rogers 1781 South Carolina
1979 Charles White* 2050 Southern California
1978 Charles White* 1859 Southern California
1977 Earl Campbell 1744 Texas
1976 Tony Dorsett 2150 Pittsburgh
1975 Ricky Bell* 1957 Southern California
1974 Archie Griffin* 1695 Ohio State
1973 Mark Kellar 1719 Northern Illinois
1972 Pete Van Valkenburg 1386 Brigham Young
1971 Ed Marinaro 1881 Cornell
1970 Don McCauley* 1863 North Carolina
1969 Leon Burns 1659 Long Beach State
1968 O.J. Simpson* 1880 Southern California
1967 O.J. Simpson* 1543 Southern California
1966 Ray McDonald 1329 Idaho
1965 Mike Garrett 1440 Southern California
1964 Brian Piccolo 1044 Wake Forest
1963 Dave Casinelli 1016 Memphis
1962 Preacher Pilot 1247 New Mexico State
1961 Preacher Pilot 1278 New Mexico State
1960 Bob Gaiters 1338 New Mexico State
1959 Pervis Atkins 971 New Mexico State
1958 Dick Bass 1361 Pacific
1957 Leon Burton 1126 Arizona State
1956 Jim Crawford 1104 Wyoming