Year-by-Year Leaders and Records for Rushing Yards

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Leaders

  • Since 1956
Leaders Table
Year Player Yds School
2016Donnel Pumphrey599San Diego State
2015Derrick Henry*2219Alabama
2014Melvin Gordon*2587Wisconsin
2013Andre Williams*2177Boston College
2012Ka'Deem Carey*1929Arizona
2011Montee Ball*1923Wisconsin
2010LaMichael James*1731Oregon
2009Toby Gerhart*1871Stanford
2008Donald Brown*2083Connecticut
2007Kevin Smith*2567Central Florida
2006Garrett Wolfe*1928Northern Illinois
2005DeAngelo Williams*1964Memphis
2004J.J. Arrington*2018California
2003Darren Sproles*1986Kansas State
2002Larry Johnson*2087Penn State
2001Chance Kretschmer1732Nevada
2000LaDainian Tomlinson*2158Texas Christian
1999Ron Dayne*2034Wisconsin
1998Ricky Williams*2124Texas
1997Ricky Williams1893Texas
1996Troy Davis2185Iowa State
1995Troy Davis2010Iowa State
1994Rashaan Salaam*2055Colorado
1993LeShon Johnson1976Northern Illinois
1992Marshall Faulk1630San Diego State
1991Vaughn Dunbar*1805Indiana
1990Darren Lewis*1691Texas A&M
1989Anthony Thompson1793Indiana
1988Barry Sanders*2628Oklahoma State
1987Craig Heyward*1791Pittsburgh
1986Paul Palmer1866Temple
1985Lorenzo White*2066Michigan State
1984Keith Byars*1764Ohio State
1983Mike Rozier*2148Nebraska
1982Ernest Anderson1877Oklahoma State
1981Marcus Allen*2427Southern California
1980George Rogers*1781South Carolina
1979Charles White*2050Southern California
1978Charles White*1859Southern California
1977Earl Campbell*1744Texas
1976Tony Dorsett*2150Pittsburgh
1975Ricky Bell*1957Southern California
1974Archie Griffin*1695Ohio State
1973Mark Kellar1719Northern Illinois
1972Pete Van Valkenburg1386Brigham Young
1971Ed Marinaro1881Cornell
1970Don McCauley*1863North Carolina
1969Leon Burns1659Long Beach State
1968O.J. Simpson*1880Southern California
1967O.J. Simpson*1543Southern California
1966Ray McDonald1329Idaho
1965Mike Garrett1440Southern California
1964Brian Piccolo1044Wake Forest
1963Dave Casinelli1016Memphis
1962Preacher Pilot1247New Mexico State
1961Preacher Pilot1278New Mexico State
1960Bob Gaiters*1338New Mexico State
1959Pervis Atkins*971New Mexico State
1958Dick Bass1361Pacific
1957Leon Burton1126Arizona State
1956Jim Crawford1104Wyoming

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