Greatest College Running Backs
The Top Ten
Just look at his aggregrate Heisman trophy votes during his entire career. He came in third his firts year, second his second year and won it his third year. Over three years I'm not sure you can say that about the other leaders. Barry Sanders had one great year and was a backup his Fresh and Soph years. Marcus DuPree had talent no doubt, but to put him over Herschel.. Come on man.. This is not a vote on potential but actual accomplishments. Bo gets compared to Hershel all the time because they both played similar, wore #34 and in the SEC. The truth is Bo may have been the overall better athlete with consideration to his baseball accomplishments.. But those shouldn't weigh in on the RB arguement. "oh you Herschel Walker! "
Herschel walker not only had the skills to run people over but he had the speed power acceleration and explosiveness and those five skill define a great running back in college football he might have not had the best stats but had the best class skills and most importantly confidence
What Herschel Walker did he did SEC defenses and the other conferences had a team maybe two with defenses to match SEC but playing continuance week end week out against SEC defenses and doing what he did...there is no question best running back in History.
Should've won 2 heismans. But back then, freshmen weren't gonna win. Dude was a beast! I remember watching him live and like Bo, (I think they r 1-2 in this ranking), u knew what was coming and were helpless to stop it! - DtbjmbV 29 Comments
By far the best college back! He broke records in all categories and never complained about playing time or boast about his accomplishments. He ran better than any other back, but his composure and patience are what put him over the top!
Remember him backing up Thurman Thomas as a freshman and soph and playing Nebraska... Thurman was a spectacular back but was completely shut down against the Cornhuskers (had almost as many carries as he had amassed yards) then they would put that back-up in and he tore the huskers up. When Thomas graduated and Sanders had center stage to himself his junior year he had what has to be the best season in the history of ncaa football. He was a home run hitter extradonaire if you thot the best way of achieving a big play was throwing deep you may have a better chance flipping the ball to #21 who could take it the distance at any given time. I know there are others with better bodies of work... Walker was a phenomenal athlete with integrity and heart but besides his frosh season was never a take it the distance back even with all that speed and ability (go figure? ) and is fortunate to have a heisman on his mantel... Dickerson was arguably more impressive and would've been unlikely to beat ...more
Dude... Really, broke all those records in 88... And most of them still stand...25 years after! Most 200 yard games in a season, most 300 yard games in a season, most tds in a season, only really played one year of college... That was just a preview of the greatest running back in the nfl... That whole 88 season was nothing but a highlight reel!
Best RUNNING back ever. There may have been better backs at blocking, receiving, etc. but NO ONE was as quick, shifty, and elusive as Barry. Created the art of running from the tailback position. Look at his career #'s playing for a crap team w/a crap O line...imagine his #'s on a good team?V 15 Comments
The greatest combo of strength, size, speed, awareness ever.. He didn't play as long as these others, but what he did when he played at full health was the best ever. Bo, Barry, Ron, Herschel had better stories, careers, etc. , but this boy topped them all and doing it behind a weak offense, He is all they had that freshman year of 1982. And of course a still standing for decades fiesta bowl record for rushing. And he played in only half the game. Go see the highlights on the net. He was only at 50 percent with that hamstring problem. These other running backs below couldn't do half that with Marcus's injuries. These other RBs had good QBs and WRs. OU didn't. So boo yah to all the haters with this argument. Cased closed. Smoke em if you got em.
I saw Herschel. I saw Barry. I saw Bo. All GREAT RBs. But when I saw Marcus in 1982, I must say I never saw another like him. He had Strength and Speed that both Bo and Herschel had. The difference is he had running ability, not quite Barry's instincts and moves but this dude could cut, make you miss and frankly he was "The Total Package. " NO ONE else has ever done it as well.
even out of shape and slow he set a record at the fiesta bowl which still stands today. and in only one half playing... these others below go 20 plus pounds overweight and no good line like marcus did, they will suck... I know.. cause I've watched all your top ten backs when they played...
Barry Switzerland didn't take care if him just because the boy had a little attitude with him.V 14 Comments
Bo n Mr. Dupree, man among men, neither really trained, just god given mixes of size, strength, speed and smarts... Bo ran a 4.1 40 yard dash at a NFL combine, still a record to this day. Bo's entrance into the NFL was a "hobby" to keep him from getting bored in the MLB off-season... Not enough can be said about him in his college days, his stories are bunyonesque...
Had he taken the path of pure football I think he would hold every record possible. He was as strong as Earl Campbell, faster than McFadden, and had amazing stamina. It has to be either him or Herschel for #1
Bo should be #1 and here is why: the defenses he played against were infinitely better than the ones Barry or DuPree played. and he ran a 4.12 not a 4.31 for those of you who hate Bo's swag.
Nobody could touch Bo. Bo knows.V 24 Comments
Every time he touched the ball he made at least one guy miss... He was never tackled by the first guy... And if he gets into the open field it's an automatic 6
Reggie bush best player in college history never seen a player more feared
Was great to see on T.V. always electrifying
He shared time and still was incredible. Imagine if he was the only back they used.V 10 Comments
O.J. simpson was a great running back throughout his college and professional career, but he is an awful person. Even though he was not convicted or murder, that is still what most people attach his name to and he will never be able to shake that one off. Really a shame considering how great of a player he was
Yes! It is a shame that O J Simpson was allegedly accused of murder! But you can never take away something that was already accomplished! No doubt that O J was the best running back of all time! He did what he did against the best in College during his time! Period!
Too bad everyone gets to vote on these things. You should have to take an IQ Test or something. This is horrible. I think O.J. was the best COLLEGE back of all-time, but even if he wasn't the best, there is no way he should be this low. - ryguys9
Oj didn't do it but he did know who did Al Cowings or his Landscaper. The Juice is loose. Howard Cosell would say that on Monday night football halftime highlights. Just like Marcus Allen the best all around back can catch, throw block but a little faster than Marcus. Go to youtube and watch battle of the stars and see his 100 yard dash. World class speed.V 9 Comments
Dude he won the Heisman 2 times he should be #1 or 2 at least
I think he is the best player who ever played the Game.
He is the greatest football player ever.
This list is so messed up its not even funny. How do you have a running back with 2 heisman and he is 7?!
It's no dout he is the best. Reggie Bush is nothing like this guy.
He owns one of the best games in college football history. No doubt he should be on this list
Ok we are talking about College right?
This guy was electrifying in College!
"No question one of the greatest running backs of all time... He was big and fast, WOW... That's all you can say about this guy.
Enjoyed watching this big running back - one of a kind.
Besides Bo and Herschel, Earl Campbell is the next best.
Agree. He was the beast, Very powerful and quick.V 2 Comments
Hello has any one ever watched footballV 3 Comments
Talking all his smack about Franco Harris and Franco shut him up as he beat him in the 100 yard dash an jimmy brown faked like he had a cramp... Whatever!
Best running back of all time hands down end of story
No way he would have started over Maarcus Allen on his comeback
I don't see him running over people like mike singletary, Lawrence Taylor, Ronnie Lott, Matt millen, jack Ham and Lambert. Not impressed on this guy. Maybe he could run over Deion sanders. Haha but for sure he is not faster than the fastest db of all time Darell Green!V 6 Comments
Pure power when he runs, he hits the hole as he was being timed in the 40 dash.
Power, strength, agile. The hardest hole hitter ever.
Really? Who is this guy? What did he ever do?
More big plays than ever seenV 3 Comments
2 best backs out of Texas period at all levels high school college and the pros were Earl Campbell and Marcus Dupree
Playing half the snaps his senior over 1600 yards enough said
Craig James would have had more yards if they didn't have him sharing a little time with number 19
Eris had a hard time remembering hi playsV 14 Comments
The most underrated GREAT running back in history. You NEVER hear his name mentioned in the discussions of the best all time runners and that is a crime. People dismiss the fact that he was the all time leading rusher when he left college and 2nd all time leading rusher when he left the NFL. They also overlook the fact that he had incredible toughness and durability for a 180 lbs running back - kickers are bigger than that these days.
Agree with everything said about Tony "D". My favorite RB of all time by far. Watching the 1976 season was really my first infatuation with football whereas TD broke a long run every game. Sitting and waiting to see it to happen was just as much of a thrill as it was watching it happen!
He held the NCAA rushing record for 20 years. First guy to win a national title, heisman and be super bowl champion. Is in the college and NFL hall of fames. Great speed and burst and his ability to cut at full speed was 2nd to none.
He held the NCAA rushing record for years at 6082...And is still ranked 3rd all-time...TOP 5 RUNNING BACK WITHOUT A QUESTION!V 5 Comments
Should be top 3 at least, maybe best ever (modern era).
Goofy Good with no drive. Amazing potential never fully realized.,
Broke everyone's records above him on the list
Respect to all previously stated other than Reggie Bush. He was a track star that could catch the ball out of the backfield, not a RB. Smh at you guys that think he even deserves to be mentioned with these guys. Ricky top 3 hands down, broke all their records, they knew he was gettin it, it didn't matterV 4 Comments
He was the greatest running back in college history he only average two and a half quarters again for all the rest of the running backs average four quarters
He was the greatest running back in college history he only averaged two and a half quarters again we're all the rest of them play for all four quarters
Take his Heisman season and put it against ANY of these running backs. Rozier was the best!V 1 Comment
He compiled one of the greatest freshman seasons in NCAA history, gaining 1,429 yards rushing, with 23 total touchdowns (21 rushing), and 140 points scored. In one game he rushed for 386 yards and 7 TD'sV 1 Comment
His freshman year, 2004, was greatest any freshman has produced. His power, speed, and phenomenal vision were as good as the game's ever seen! Peterson has been great at every level since he first picked up a football.
Even though he was injured he was still undoubtedly a top ten college back of all time, go look at his highlight reel. It's better than any other player's.
Why is he so low he was great in college numbers don't lie
If he wasn't injured he'd be top 5V 1 Comment
Marcus was the business! 200 yard games, 300 yard games, and mostly played as a back up his first two years.
The Roger Maris of 2000 yard rushers not in top 10? Silly
17 really! He is one of the best ever!
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