Rushing Yards Per Attempt Career Leaders and Records

Minimum 300 rush attempts.
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Leaders

  • Since 1956
Leaders Table
Rk Player Avg From To School
1Chuck Weatherspoon8.2219871990Houston
2Melvin Gordon*7.7920112014Wisconsin
3Devon Johnson*7.7820122017Marshall
4Felix Jones*7.6620052007Arkansas
5Greg Pruitt*7.4819701972Oklahoma
6Jahvid Best*7.3320072009California
7Reggie Bush*7.3220032005USC
8Dri Archer*7.2120092013Kent State
9Ki-Jana Carter7.1619921994Penn State
10Mike Rozier7.1619811983Nebraska
11Brent Fullwood7.1519831986Auburn
12Anthony Alridge*7.1520052007Houston
13Tevin Coleman7.1220122014Indiana
14Billy Sims*7.0219751979Oklahoma
15Henry Josey*7.0220102013Missouri
16Tom Larscheid6.9819591961Utah State
17Jhurell Pressley*6.9220122015New Mexico
18Matt Breida*6.9020142016Georgia Southern
19Warrick Dunn6.8919931996Florida State
20Colin Kaepernick*6.8520072010Nevada
21Stanley Boom Williams*6.8520142016Kentucky
22Levron Williams6.8519982001Indiana
23Vince Young*6.8420032005Texas
24Calvin Jones6.8419911993Nebraska
25Gwain Durden6.8319771980Chattanooga
26Anthony Wales*6.8120132016Western Kentucky
27Pete Pedro6.8019611963West Texas A&M
28Barry Sanders6.8019861988Oklahoma State
29Eddie Lacy*6.7720102012Alabama
30Ahman Green6.7619951997Nebraska
31Joe Mixon*6.7620152016Oklahoma
32Kermit Johnson6.7419711973UCLA
33Jeff Demps*6.7320082011Florida
34Josh Adams*6.7120152017Notre Dame
35Benny Malone6.7119711973Arizona State
36Gordon Brown6.7019841985Tulsa
37Jeremiah Johnson*6.6920052008Oregon
38Kevin Lowe6.6919811984Wyoming
39Ezekiel Elliott*6.6920132015Ohio State
40Duke Johnson*6.6920122014Miami (FL)
41Charlie Garner6.6719921993Tennessee
42Michael Gordon*6.6720122015Arkansas State
43Dee Dowis6.6519861989Air Force
44Marcus Mariota*6.6420122014Oregon
45Matt Jones*6.6420012004Arkansas
46J.J. Arrington*6.6320032004California
47Ernie Davis6.6319591961Syracuse
48Jon Hall6.6319701972Citadel
49Bo Jackson6.6219821985Auburn
50Ron Rivers*6.6219911993Fresno State
51Ryan Benjamin6.5919901992Pacific
52Marshawn Lynch*6.5920042006California
53LaMichael James*6.5920092011Oregon
54Kerwynn Williams*6.5820092012Utah State
55Jordan Lynch*6.5620102013Northern Illinois
56Teriyon Gipson*6.5620132016New Mexico
57Pat White*6.5520052008West Virginia
58Rashard Mendenhall*6.5420052007Illinois
59Laverne Smith*6.5419731976Kansas
60Trung Canidate6.5019961999Arizona
61Dalvin Cook*6.5020142016Florida State
62Gale Sayers6.4919621964Kansas
63Jarvis Redwine*6.4819761980Nebraska
64Fred Henry6.4819701972New Mexico
65Vai Taua*6.4520072010Nevada
66Tony Nathan6.4419751978Alabama
67Todd Gurley*6.4420122014Georgia
68Mercury Morris*6.4419661968West Texas A&M
69D'Onta Foreman*6.4420142016Texas
70Dexter McCluster*6.4320062009Ole Miss
71Robert Newhouse*6.4219691971Houston
72Larry Johnson*6.4219992002Penn State
73Michael Desormeaux6.4220052008Louisiana-Lafayette
74Nick Chubb*6.4120142017Georgia
75Garrett Wolfe*6.4020042006Northern Illinois
76J.J. Flannigan6.3919871989Colorado
77Dabby Dawson*6.3819881989Wyoming
78Joe McKnight*6.3820072009USC
79Stacey Robinson6.3719881990Northern Illinois
80Glynn Harrison6.3719731975Georgia
81Onterio McCalebb*6.3720092012Auburn
82Eddie Hicks6.3719751978East Carolina
83Artie Owens*6.3719721975West Virginia
84Anthony Allen*6.3620092010Georgia Tech
85Elijah Williams6.3619941997Florida
86Ray Lawry*6.3520142017Old Dominion
87Jeff Smith6.3219801984Nebraska
88Kareem Hunt*6.3220132016Toledo
89Kenny King*6.3219751978Oklahoma
90Ed Wesley*6.3120092011Texas Christian
91Travis Sims6.3019891992Hawaii
92Rashaan Salaam6.2919921994Colorado
93Johnny Manziel*6.2920122013Texas A&M
94Ja'Terian Douglas*6.2520102013Tulsa
95Aaron Jones*6.2520132017UTEP
96Keith Jones6.2519841987Nebraska
97Jeremy Hill*6.2520122013LSU
98Roger Lawson6.2519691971Western Michigan
99Woody Green6.2519711973Arizona State
100James White*6.2420102013Wisconsin
101Jamaal Charles*6.2420052007Texas
102Jonathan Dwyer*6.2420072009Georgia Tech
103Ryan Moats6.2420022004Louisiana Tech
104Michael Gunter6.2319801983Tulsa
105Kenjon Barner*6.2320092012Oregon
106Chris Rainey*6.2220072011Florida
107DeAngelo Williams*6.2220022005Memphis
108I'Tavius Mathers*6.2220122016Middle Tennessee State
109Leonard Fournette*6.2220142016LSU
110Denard Robinson*6.2220092012Michigan
111Ricky Williams6.2119951998Texas
112Christian McCaffrey*6.2120142016Stanford
113Mike Gaddis6.2019881991Oklahoma
114Obie Graves6.2019771978Cal State Fullerton
115Paul Gipson6.1919661968Houston
116Lawrence Phillips6.1819931995Nebraska
117Josh Robinson*6.1820122014Mississippi State
118Adonis Thomas*6.1820082011Toledo
119Sammie Smith6.1819851988Florida State
120Marlon Mack*6.1620142016South Florida
121Kevin McDougal6.1519961999Colorado State
122Elvis Peacock*6.1519741977Oklahoma
123Ken Clark6.1519871989Nebraska
124Ronald Jones*6.1520152017USC
125Ryan Mathews*6.1420072009Fresno State
126Sean Jackson6.1319901993Florida State
127Quinton Flowers*6.1320142017South Florida
128Carlos Hyde*6.1120102013Ohio State
129Larry Rose III6.1120142017New Mexico State
130Byron Marshall*6.1120122015Oregon
131Dan Alexander6.1119972000Nebraska
132Darren Sproles*6.1120012004Kansas State
133Jalin Moore*6.1120152017Appalachian State
134Correll Buckhalter6.1119972000Nebraska
135Dick Bass6.1019561959Pacific
136Jim Bertelsen6.0919691971Texas
137Doug DuBose6.0919821985Nebraska
138Joe Washington6.0919721975Oklahoma
139Kenneth Davis6.0719821985Texas Christian
140Tyrone Wheatley*6.0719911994Michigan
141Bobby Williams6.0719951998Army
142Preacher Pilot6.0619611963New Mexico State
143Tshimanga Biakabutuka*6.0619931995Michigan
144Elijah McGuire*6.0620132016Louisiana-Lafayette
145Larry Dixon6.0620112014Army
146Archie Griffin*6.0519721975Ohio State
147Donnel Pumphrey*6.0520132016San Diego State
148Wendell Tyler*6.0519731976UCLA
149Greg Allen6.0419811984Florida State
150Michael Morton6.0419781981UNLV
151Isaiah Pead*6.0320082011Cincinnati
152Mikel Leshoure*6.0320082010Illinois
153Dwone Hicks6.0219992002Middle Tennessee State
154Michael Haddix*6.0219791982Mississippi State
155Samaje Perine*6.0220142016Oklahoma
156Tony Collins6.0119771980East Carolina
157Roger Craig*6.0119791982Nebraska
158Robert Smith*6.0019901992Ohio State
159Elijah Hood*6.0020142016North Carolina
David Sims6.0019741976Georgia Tech
Joe Williams*6.0020152016Utah
162Luke Staley6.0019992001Brigham Young
163Dantrell Savage*5.9920062007Oklahoma State
164Marshall Faulk5.9919911993San Diego State
165Myron Hardeman5.9819771978Wyoming
166Rob Lytle*5.9819741976Michigan
167Duane Thomas*5.9719661969West Texas A&M
168Chuckie Dukes5.9719911992Boston College
169Greg Johnson5.9719861989Air Force
170Derrick Henry*5.9720132015Alabama
171Tavian Banks5.9619941997Iowa
172Laurence Maroney*5.9620032005Minnesota
173Ciatrick Fason*5.9620022004Florida
174Raymond Maples*5.9620102014Army
175Edgerrin James*5.9619961998Miami (FL)
Lampford Mark*5.9620082011Nevada
177Garrison Hearst5.9519901992Georgia
178Leonard Henry5.9519982001East Carolina
179David Fluellen*5.9520102013Toledo
180Antonio Andrews*5.9520102013Western Kentucky
181Reggie Dupard5.9419821985SMU
182William Green5.9419992001Boston College
183Noel Devine*5.9320072010West Virginia
184Andre Richardson5.9319941996Oklahoma State
185Shonn Greene*5.9320052008Iowa
186Lionel James5.9219801983Auburn
187Willis McGahee*5.9220012002Miami (FL)
188Curtis Steele*5.9220082009Memphis
189Shock Linwood*5.9120132016Baylor
190Steve Slaton*5.9120052007West Virginia
191Kendall Hunter*5.9120072010Oklahoma State
192Terry Kirby5.9019891992Virginia
193Bubba Bean5.9019721975Texas A&M
194Lamar Jackson*5.9020152017Louisville
195Leroy Keyes5.9019661968Purdue
196Dennis Johnson*5.9020082012Arkansas
197Vernand Morency*5.9020022004Oklahoma State
198Kolby Smith*5.9020032006Louisville
199Derek Brown5.8919901992Nebraska
200Roy Helu Jr.*5.8920072010Nebraska
De'Mond Parker5.8919961998Oklahoma
202Luke Lippincott*5.8920062009Nevada
203Willard Harrell5.8819721974Pacific
204Calvin Murray*5.8819771980Ohio State
205Marcus Cox*5.8820142016Appalachian State
206Akrum Wadley*5.8820142017Iowa
207Ickey Woods*5.8719841987UNLV
208Royce Freeman*5.8720142017Oregon
209Robert Turbin*5.8720072011Utah State
210Quinton Smith5.8720032006Rice
211Giovani Bernard*5.8720112012North Carolina
212Tarrion Adams*5.8620052008Tulsa
213Terry Swanson*5.8620142017Toledo
214Scott McConnell5.8619751978Appalachian State
215Mike Cloud5.8619951998Boston College
216Lydell Mitchell5.8619691971Penn State
217C.J. Spiller*5.8520062009Clemson
218Charles Sims*5.8520092013West Virginia
219Saquon Barkley*5.8520152017Penn State
220Kevin Ellison*5.8520142016Georgia Southern
221Lee Becton5.8519911994Notre Dame
222Darren McFadden*5.8520052007Arkansas
223Ron Dayne*5.8419961999Wisconsin
224Lendale White*5.8420032005USC
225Deonce Whitaker5.8419982001San Jose State
226Walter Packer5.8419731976Mississippi State
227Michael Perry5.8319951998Rice
228Jerome Harrison5.8120042005Washington State
229Jim Bohl5.8119641966New Mexico State
230Earl Campbell5.8119741977Texas
231Marcus Murphy*5.8120102014Missouri
232Joshua Cribbs5.8120012004Kent State
233Jeff Logan*5.8119741977Ohio State
234Jon Cornish*5.8020022006Kansas
235Michael Wiley*5.8019961999Ohio State
236Trent Richardson*5.8020092011Alabama
237Myles Gaskin*5.8020152017Washington
238Wendell Smallwood*5.7920132015West Virginia
239Damon Washington5.7919951998Colorado State
240Xavier Johnson*5.7920142017South Alabama
241Chester Taylor5.7919982001Toledo
242George Jones5.7819951996San Diego State
243Chris Wells*5.7820062008Ohio State
244Chad Hall*5.7820052007Air Force
245Eddie Lee Ivery5.7819751978Georgia Tech
246Khalfani Muhammad*5.7720132016California
247Tim Worley5.7719851988Georgia
248Tre Mason*5.7720112013Auburn
249J.J. Young5.7719911994Oregon State
250Bobby Ray Tell5.7719961999Louisiana Tech

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