How @JT23 isn’t somehow taken up by Kool & the Gang I don’t know …
The quarterbacks are so amazing and the sport is changing so much that the running backs are getting shoved aside in the love department.
Quick, based on the most yards gained, give me the top five running backs in college football this season.
You’ve got the top one.
No. 2, Darrell Henderson of Memphis, then Arizona’s State’s Eno Benjamin, Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams, and Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson. Throw in Arizona’s JJ Taylor at No. 6, and the Pac-12 apparently doesn’t defend the run very well.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor is setting a pace to potentially be the all-time greatest runner in college football history.
Former Badger Ron Dayne is currently college football’s all-time leading rusher – do NOT argue Donnel Pumphrey; it demeans us both – running for 7,125 yards.
It’s not quite a Gretzky-like all-time points record, but it’s relatively large considering Ricky Williams of Texas is second on the all-time list at 6,592 yards, and Pitt’s Tony Dorsett is third with 6,526 yards. Dayne finished his career with 7.5% more rushing yards than the No. 2 guy.
(By the way, Gretzky scored 33% more all-time points than No. 2 Jaromir Jagr.)
Dayne started out with a 2,109-yard freshman season, and followed it up with 1,457 yards – good for 3,566 yards in his first two seasons.
After hitting Purdue for 321 yards last week in the three-overtime win, Taylor now has rushed for 3,846 yards with the Minnesota and bowl game to go.
He’s already 166th on the all-time rushing list, and realistically, if he runs like he’s supposed to against Minnesota and in the bowl game, he might just crack the top 100.
To get the all-time rushing record requires two things beyond just being amazing. First, he has to stay healthy, and second, he has to stay all four years.
The first is hardly a given for anyone – the durability factor is partly why the record is so special – and the second should be a forgone conclusion, considering he’d be crazy to stay for his entire college career.
But let’s say he does. Let’s say Wisconsin will play at least 28 games from now until Taylor would graduate, and let’s even be a bit fair and say he’ll play in 25 of those – accounting for a slight injury. He would have to average 132 yards per game the rest of the way to break Dayne’s record.
So far in his career he’s averaging 154 yards per game.
And this season, he’s just 131 yards away from coming up with the 31st 2,000-yard rushing campaign of all-time.