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Resently I saw a couple of people in FN arguing about the best back in college. So I decided to make a list of my top five and once and for all make it clear that Barry Sanders should be the number one without a question.

  1. Barry Sanders - He set 34 NCAA records during his Heisman Campaign in 1988. He Average 7.6 yards per carry and over 200 yards per game, including rushing for over 300 yards in four games. He set college football season records with 2,628 yards rushing, 3,249 total yards, 234 points, 39 touchdowns, of which 37 were rushing (also a record), 5 consecutive 200 yard games, scored at least 2 touchdowns in 11 consecutive games, and 9 times he scored at least 3 touchdowns. Sanders also ran for 222 yards and 5 touchdowns in his three quarters of action in the Holiday Bowl - a game that was not included with his season statistics.

  2. Herschel Walker - Herschel Walker played three years at Georgia and was unanimous All-America every year. When he left after his junior year, he owned 41 school records, 16 Southeastern Conference records, and 11 NCAA records. As a freshman in 1980, he led Georgia to a 12-0 record and the national championship. He rushed for 1,616 yards. This was an NCAA record for a freshman and lasted until 1996. In 33 regular-season games he scored 55 touchdowns, and rushed for 5,259 yards (an average of 159 a game). His best games in rushing yardage were 283, 265, 235, 225, 219 (3 times), 215, and 205. In 1981 he ran for 1891 yards which set an SEC record, and won the Heisman Trophy in 1982.

  3. Tony Dorsett - Dorsett was a college football running back at the University of Pittsburgh and helped to lead them to a national title in 1976, also picking up the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Award(Player of the Year) and led the nation in rushing with 1,948 yards. He was a four-time All-American, and he finished his college career with 6,082 total rushing yards, then an NCAA record. This would stand as the record until it was surpassed by Ricky Williams in 1998.

  4. Bo Jackson - In 1985, Jackson rushed for 1,786 yards, which was the second best single-season performance in SEC history behind Herschel Walker's 1,891 rushing yards for the University of Georgia in 1981. That year, he averaged 6.4 yards per rush, which at the time was the best single-season average in SEC history. For his performance in 1985, Jackson was awarded the Heisman Trophy. During his time playing for the Auburn Tigers he ran for 4,303 yards and scored 45 touchdowns. Twenty-one times he rushed for three figures. He culminated his Auburn career in 1985 with four 200-yard rushing games, and finished his career with an average of 6.6 yards per carry, which set the SEC record (minimum 400 rushes).

  5. Earl Campbell - In a four-year career, he rushed for 4,443 yards. This was the fifth highest total of all time when he retired. His rushing covered 928 yards as a freshman, 1118 as a sophomore, 653 as a junior (he missed four games), and 1,744 as a senior. He was All-America as a sophomore and senior, led the nation in rushing and scoring and won the Heisman Trophy in 1977. He had 21 games in which he topped 100 yards and three over 200.

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