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
7Jonathan Taylor*21942018Wisconsin
8Troy Davis21851996Iowa State
9Andre Williams*21772013Boston College
10LaDainian Tomlinson21582000Texas Christian
11Tony Dorsett21501976Pitt
12Mike Rozier21481983Nebraska
13Donnel Pumphrey*21332016San Diego State
14Matt Forte21272007Tulane
15Ricky Williams21241998Texas
16Bryce Love*21182017Stanford
17Ron Dayne*21091996Wisconsin
18Larry Johnson*20872002Penn State
19Donald Brown*20832008Connecticut
20Lorenzo White*20661985Michigan State
21Damien Anderson*20632000Northwestern
22Rashaan Salaam20551994Colorado
23Charles White*20501979USC
24Tevin Coleman20362014Indiana
25Ron Dayne20341999Wisconsin
26D'Onta Foreman20282016Texas
27Christian McCaffrey*20192015Stanford
28J.J. Arrington*20182004California
29Ray Rice*20122007Rutgers
30Troy Davis20101995Iowa State
31Byron Hanspard20001996Texas Tech
32Darren Sproles*19862003Kansas State
33Jonathan Taylor*19772017Wisconsin
34LeShon Johnson19761993Northern Illinois
35LaDainian Tomlinson*19741999Texas Christian
36DeAngelo Williams*19642005Memphis
37Ricky Bell*19571975USC
38Leonard Fournette*19532015LSU
39DeAngelo Williams*19482004Memphis
40Chuba Hubbard19362019Oklahoma State
41Ka'Deem Carey*19292012Arizona
42Garrett Wolfe*19282006Northern Illinois
43Eddie George*19271995Ohio State
44Adrian Peterson*19252004Oklahoma
45Montee Ball*19232011Wisconsin
46Jordan Lynch*19202013Northern Illinois
47Devin Singletary*19182017Florida Atlantic
48Michael Turner19152002Northern Illinois
49Jonathan Taylor19092019Wisconsin
Darrell Henderson*19092018Memphis
51Wasean Tait19051995Toledo
52Jerome Harrison19002005Washington State
53Ricky Williams18931997Texas
54Herschel Walker18911981Georgia
55Brian Pruitt18901994Central Michigan
56Ka'Deem Carey*18852013Arizona
57Quentin Griffin*18842002Oklahoma
58Stefphon Jefferson*18832012Nevada
59Ed Marinaro18811971Cornell
60O.J. Simpson*18801968USC
61Ezekiel Elliott*18782014Ohio State
62Ahman Green18771997Nebraska
Ernest Anderson18771982Oklahoma State
64Toby Gerhart*18712009Stanford
65Bishop Sankey*18702013Washington
66Donnel Pumphrey*18672014San Diego State
67Paul Palmer18661986Temple
68Don McCauley*18631970North Carolina
69Brian Hill*18602016Wyoming
70Charles White*18591978USC
71Shonn Greene*18502008Iowa
72George Jones18421995San Diego State
73Chris Brown*18412002Colorado
74Royce Freeman*18362015Oregon
75Cedric Benson*18342004Texas
76Montee Ball*18302012Wisconsin
Darren McFadden*18302007Arkansas
78J.K. Dobbins18292019Ohio State
79Jay Ajayi*18232014Boise State
80Ezekiel Elliott*18212015Ohio State
81Tre Mason*18162013Auburn
82Jordan Lynch*18152012Northern Illinois
83Ryan Mathews*18082009Fresno State
84LaMichael James*18052011Oregon
Vaughn Dunbar*18051991Indiana
86Jamario Thomas*18012004North Texas
87Dion Lewis*17992009Pitt
88Thomas Jones17981999Virginia
89Ray Rice*17942006Rutgers
90Le'Veon Bell*17932012Michigan State
Anthony Thompson17931989Indiana
92Craig Heyward*17911987Pitt
93Obie Graves17891978Cal State Fullerton
94Travis Prentice17871998Miami (OH)
95Bo Jackson17861985Auburn
96Darnell Autry*17851995Northwestern
97George Rogers17811980South Carolina
98Ryan Moats17742004Louisiana Tech
99Aaron Jones17732016UTEP
100Devon Johnson*17672014Marshall
Kenjon Barner*17672012Oregon
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