Rushing Yards Single Season Leaders and Records

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Leaders

  • Since 1956
Leaders Table
Rk Player Yds Year School
1Barry Sanders26281988Oklahoma State
2Melvin Gordon*25872014Wisconsin
3Kevin Smith*25672007UCF
4Marcus Allen*24271981USC
5Rashaad Penny*22482017San Diego State
6Derrick Henry*22192015Alabama
7Troy Davis21851996Iowa State
8Andre Williams*21772013Boston College
9LaDainian Tomlinson21582000Texas Christian
10Tony Dorsett21501976Pitt
11Mike Rozier21481983Nebraska
12Donnel Pumphrey*21332016San Diego State
13Matt Forte21272007Tulane
14Ricky Williams21241998Texas
15Bryce Love*21182017Stanford
16Ron Dayne*21091996Wisconsin
17Larry Johnson*20872002Penn State
18Donald Brown*20832008Connecticut
19Lorenzo White*20661985Michigan State
20Damien Anderson*20632000Northwestern
21Rashaan Salaam20551994Colorado
22Charles White*20501979USC
23Tevin Coleman20362014Indiana
24Ron Dayne20341999Wisconsin
25D'Onta Foreman20282016Texas
26Christian McCaffrey*20192015Stanford
27J.J. Arrington*20182004California
28Ray Rice*20122007Rutgers
29Troy Davis20101995Iowa State
30Byron Hanspard20001996Texas Tech
31Darren Sproles*19862003Kansas State
32Jonathan Taylor*19772017Wisconsin
33LeShon Johnson19761993Northern Illinois
34LaDainian Tomlinson*19741999Texas Christian
35DeAngelo Williams*19642005Memphis
36Ricky Bell*19571975USC
37Leonard Fournette*19532015LSU
38DeAngelo Williams*19482004Memphis
39Ka'Deem Carey*19292012Arizona
40Garrett Wolfe*19282006Northern Illinois
41Eddie George*19271995Ohio State
42Adrian Peterson*19252004Oklahoma
43Montee Ball*19232011Wisconsin
44Jordan Lynch*19202013Northern Illinois
45Devin Singletary*19182017Florida Atlantic
46Michael Turner19152002Northern Illinois
47Wasean Tait19051995Toledo
48Jerome Harrison19002005Washington State
49Ricky Williams18931997Texas
50Herschel Walker18911981Georgia
51Brian Pruitt18901994Central Michigan
52Ka'Deem Carey*18852013Arizona
53Quentin Griffin*18842002Oklahoma
54Stefphon Jefferson*18832012Nevada
55Ed Marinaro18811971Cornell
56O.J. Simpson*18801968USC
57Ezekiel Elliott*18782014Ohio State
58Ahman Green18771997Nebraska
Ernest Anderson18771982Oklahoma State
60Toby Gerhart*18712009Stanford
61Bishop Sankey*18702013Washington
62Donnel Pumphrey*18672014San Diego State
63Paul Palmer18661986Temple
64Don McCauley*18631970North Carolina
65Brian Hill*18602016Wyoming
66Charles White*18591978USC
67Shonn Greene*18502008Iowa
68George Jones18421995San Diego State
69Chris Brown*18412002Colorado
70Royce Freeman*18362015Oregon
71Cedric Benson*18342004Texas
72Montee Ball*18302012Wisconsin
Darren McFadden*18302007Arkansas
74Jay Ajayi*18232014Boise State
75Ezekiel Elliott*18212015Ohio State
76Tre Mason*18162013Auburn
77Jordan Lynch*18152012Northern Illinois
78Ryan Mathews*18082009Fresno State
79LaMichael James*18052011Oregon
Vaughn Dunbar*18051991Indiana
81Jamario Thomas*18012004North Texas
82Dion Lewis*17992009Pitt
83Thomas Jones17981999Virginia
84Ray Rice*17942006Rutgers
85Le'Veon Bell*17932012Michigan State
Anthony Thompson17931989Indiana
87Craig Heyward*17911987Pitt
88Obie Graves17891978Cal State Fullerton
89Travis Prentice17871998Miami (OH)
90Bo Jackson17861985Auburn
91Darnell Autry*17851995Northwestern
92George Rogers17811980South Carolina
93Ryan Moats17742004Louisiana Tech
94Aaron Jones17732016UTEP
95Devon Johnson*17672014Marshall
Kenjon Barner*17672012Oregon
97Dalvin Cook*17652016Florida State
James Conner*17652014Pitt
99Keith Byars*17641984Ohio State
100Billy Sims17621978Oklahoma

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