Rush Attempts Year-by-Year Leaders and Records

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  • Since 1956
Leaders Table
Year Player Att School
2016Brian Hill*349Wyoming
2016Donnel Pumphrey*349San Diego State
2015Derrick Henry*395Alabama
2014Jay Ajayi*347Boise State
2013Andre Williams*355Boston College
2012Le'Veon Bell*382Michigan State
2011Bobby Rainey369Western Kentucky
2010Bobby Rainey340Western Kentucky
2009Toby Gerhart*343Stanford
2008Javon Ringer*390Michigan State
2007Kevin Smith*450Central Florida
2006Ray Rice*335Rutgers
2005Brian Calhoun*348Wisconsin
2004Adrian Peterson*339Oklahoma
2003Steven Jackson*350Oregon State
2002Cecil Sapp*347Colorado State
2001Larry Ned311San Diego State
2000LaDainian Tomlinson369Texas Christian
1999Travis Prentice354Miami (OH)
1998Travis Prentice365Miami (OH)
1997Travis Prentice296Miami (OH)
1996Troy Davis402Iowa State
1995Darnell Autry*387Northwestern
1994Ryan Christopherson300Wyoming
1993LeShon Johnson327Northern Illinois
1992Corey Croom301Ball State
1991Billy Smith374Central Michigan
1990Sheldon Canley296San Jose State
1989Anthony Thompson358Indiana
1988Anthony Thompson*355Indiana
1987Craig Heyward*387Pittsburgh
1986Steve Bartalo362Colorado State
1985Lorenzo White*419Michigan State
1984Keith Byars*336Ohio State
1984Steve Morgan*336Toledo
1983Shawn Faulkner394Western Michigan
1982Ernest Anderson353Oklahoma State
1981Marcus Allen*433Southern California
1980Marcus Allen354Southern California
1979Charles White*332Southern California
1978Charles White*374Southern California
1977Terry Miller314Oklahoma State
1976Tony Dorsett370Pittsburgh
1975Ricky Bell*385Southern California
1974Louie Giammona329Utah State
1973Tony Dorsett*318Pittsburgh
1972Carlester Crumpler340East Carolina
1971Ed Marinaro356Cornell
1970Don McCauley*360North Carolina
1969Steve Owens358Oklahoma
1968O.J. Simpson*383Southern California
1967O.J. Simpson*291Southern California
1966Don Fitzgerald296Kent State
1965Mike Garrett267Southern California
1964Brian Piccolo252Wake Forest
1963Dave Casinelli219Memphis
1962Preacher Pilot208New Mexico State
1961Dave Hoppmann229Iowa State
1960Bob Gaiters197New Mexico State
1959Dwight Nichols207Iowa State
1958Dwight Nichols220Iowa State
1957Dwight Nichols211Iowa State
1956Jim Bakhtiar203Virginia

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