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
5Derrick Henry*22192015Alabama
6Troy Davis21851996Iowa State
7Andre Williams*21772013Boston College
8LaDainian Tomlinson21582000Texas Christian
9Tony Dorsett21501976Pitt
10Mike Rozier21481983Nebraska
11Donnel Pumphrey*21332016San Diego State
12Matt Forte21272007Tulane
13Ricky Williams21241998Texas
14Ron Dayne*21091996Wisconsin
15Larry Johnson*20872002Penn State
16Donald Brown*20832008Connecticut
17Lorenzo White*20661985Michigan State
18Damien Anderson*20632000Northwestern
19Rashaan Salaam20551994Colorado
20Charles White*20501979USC
21Tevin Coleman20362014Indiana
22Ron Dayne20341999Wisconsin
23D'Onta Foreman20282016Texas
24Christian McCaffrey*20192015Stanford
25J.J. Arrington*20182004California
26Ray Rice*20122007Rutgers
27Troy Davis20101995Iowa State
28Byron Hanspard20001996Texas Tech
29Darren Sproles*19862003Kansas State
30LeShon Johnson19761993Northern Illinois
31LaDainian Tomlinson*19741999Texas Christian
32DeAngelo Williams*19642005Memphis
33Ricky Bell*19571975USC
34Leonard Fournette*19532015LSU
35DeAngelo Williams*19482004Memphis
36Ka'Deem Carey*19292012Arizona
37Garrett Wolfe*19282006Northern Illinois
38Eddie George*19271995Ohio State
39Adrian Peterson*19252004Oklahoma
40Montee Ball*19232011Wisconsin
41Jordan Lynch*19202013Northern Illinois
42Michael Turner19152002Northern Illinois
43Wasean Tait19051995Toledo
44Jerome Harrison19002005Washington State
45Ricky Williams18931997Texas
46Herschel Walker18911981Georgia
47Brian Pruitt18901994Central Michigan
48Ka'Deem Carey*18852013Arizona
49Quentin Griffin*18842002Oklahoma
50Stefphon Jefferson*18832012Nevada
51Ed Marinaro18811971Cornell
52O.J. Simpson*18801968USC
53Ezekiel Elliott*18782014Ohio State
54Ahman Green18771997Nebraska
Ernest Anderson18771982Oklahoma State
56Toby Gerhart*18712009Stanford
57Bishop Sankey*18702013Washington
58Donnel Pumphrey*18672014San Diego State
59Paul Palmer18661986Temple
60Don McCauley*18631970North Carolina
61Brian Hill*18602016Wyoming
62Charles White*18591978USC
63Shonn Greene*18502008Iowa
64George Jones18421995San Diego State
65Chris Brown*18412002Colorado
66Royce Freeman*18362015Oregon
67Cedric Benson*18342004Texas
68Montee Ball*18302012Wisconsin
Darren McFadden*18302007Arkansas
70Rashaad Penny18242017San Diego State
71Jay Ajayi*18232014Boise State
72Ezekiel Elliott*18212015Ohio State
73Tre Mason*18162013Auburn
74Jordan Lynch*18152012Northern Illinois
75Ryan Mathews*18082009Fresno State
76LaMichael James*18052011Oregon
Vaughn Dunbar*18051991Indiana
78Jamario Thomas*18012004North Texas
79Dion Lewis*17992009Pitt
80Thomas Jones17981999Virginia
81Ray Rice*17942006Rutgers
82Le'Veon Bell*17932012Michigan State
Anthony Thompson17931989Indiana
84Craig Heyward*17911987Pitt
85Obie Graves17891978Cal State Fullerton
86Travis Prentice17871998Miami (OH)
87Bo Jackson17861985Auburn
88Darnell Autry*17851995Northwestern
89George Rogers17811980South Carolina
90Ryan Moats17742004Louisiana Tech
91Aaron Jones17732016UTEP
92Devon Johnson*17672014Marshall
Kenjon Barner*17672012Oregon
94Dalvin Cook*17652016Florida State
James Conner*17652014Pitt
96Keith Byars*17641984Ohio State
97Billy Sims17621978Oklahoma
98Greg Pruitt*17601971Oklahoma
99Robert Newhouse*17571971Houston
100Willis McGahee*17532002Miami (FL)

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