Pac-10 Football:1,000 yard RB’s since 2004.

Since 2004, Pac-10 running backs have eclipsed the 1,000 yard rushing mark a total of 27 times.  21 players have combined to reach this total and only one player has climbed over the 2,000 yard mark in a season. An obvious connection to their winning records since 2004, Oregon State, California, Oregon, and USC have combined to provide 18 of these 1,000 yard seasons. It would not be absurd to predict that six players could reach this mark in 2010 with LaMichael James, Jacquizz Rodgers, Shane Vereen, Nic Grigsby, and Chris Polk all returning in the fall.  We have listed, and analyzed the 27 players to reach this mark since 2004.

J.J. Arrington, California (2004) – Arrington joined Marcus Allen as the only other Pac-10 player to rush for more then 2,000 yards in a season. After rushing for 2,018 yards on 289 carries with 15 touchdowns, Arrington was drafted with the 44th pick of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

Yvenson Bernard, Oregon State (2005, 2006, 2007) – The durable 5-9′ back managed to reach 1,000 yards during each of his final three seasons with the Beavers. Bernard ran for 3,862 yards with 38 touchdowns on 876 carries during his collegiate career.  He was an undrafted free agent signed by the St. Louis Rams in 2008, and currently plays for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.

Jahvid Best, California (2008) – Best rushed for 1,580 yards and 15 touchdowns to lead the conference in 2008.  The speedy, agile Golden Bear finished his collegiate career with 2,668 yards on 364 carries with 29 touchdowns.  Drafted with the 30th selection of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Detriot Lions after foregoing his senior season at California.

LaGarrette Blount, Oregon (2008) – The powerful, deceptive 6-2′, 240 pound back rushed for 1,002 yards in first season with the Ducks after transferring from the junior college ranks.  Blount finished his infamous career with 1,084 yards on 159 carries with 19 touchdowns. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tennessee Titans in 2010.

Reggie Bush, Southern California (2005) – One of the most versatile, exciting, all-purpose players to ever play in the Pac-10.  Bush rushed for 1,740 yards on 200 carries with 16 touchdowns on his way to the 2005 Heisman Trophy.  He accounted for 6,541 all-purpose yards including 3,169 rushing yards on 433 carries and 25 rushing touchdowns during his three-year Trojan career. Bush was drafted with the 2nd pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2006.

Justin Forsett, California (2007) – The 5-8′ athlete continued the decade trend of great California running backs in 2007 when he ran for1,546 yards and 15 touchdowns on 305 carries. Forsett finished his collegiate career with 3,220 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on 567 carries. Drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.

Jerome Harrison, Washington State (2005) – Harrison won the Pac-10 rushing title over the Heisman-winner Bush in 2005, when he rushed for 1,900 yards and 16 touchdowns on 308 carries for the Cougars. Finished his two-year career in Pullman with 2,800 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns on 482 carries.  Drafted in the 5th round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.  Holds the Cleveland single game rushing record of 286 yards.

Toby Gerhart, Stanford (2008, 2009) – Gerhart at 6-1′ and 235 pounds led the Pac-10 in rushing in 2009 with 1,871 yards and 27 touchdowns on 343 carries. The four-year workhorse totaled 3,522 yards on 671 carries with 43 touchdowns during his Cardinal career.  The Doak Walker award winner was drafted in the 2nd round of 2010 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

Nic Grigsby, Arizona (2008) – The 2010 Wildcat senior rushed for 1,153 yards on 214 carries and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2008. Grigsby will look to add to his Arizona career totals of 2,424 rushing yards on 454 carries and 20 touchdowns.

LaMichael James, Oregon (2009) – James set the Pac-10 freshman rushing record with 1,546 rushing yards on 230 carries and 14 touchdowns in helping lead the Ducks to the 2009 Pac-10 conference title.

Maurice Jones-Drew, UCLA (2004) – The 5-8′ elusive all-purpose back barely eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark in 2004 as a sophomore.  Jones-Drew rushed for 1,007 yards on 160 carries with 8 rushing touchdowns. Possibly the most complete NFL player on this list, Jones-Drew was selected in the 2nd round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Marshawn Lynch, California (2005, 2006) – Lynch led the Pac-10 conference in rushing with 1,356 yards on 223 carries and 11 touchdowns in 2006.  The 215 pound running back finished his California career with 3,230 rushing yards on 490 carries with 29 touchdowns. Selected with the 12th selection of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.

Chris Markey, UCLA (2006) – While his runs rarely ended with touchdowns, Markey ran for 1,107 yards on 227 carries with 2 touchdowns in 2006.  Finished his Bruin career with 2,733 rushing yards on 579 carries and 9 touchdowns.

Joe McKnight, Southern California (2009) – As a junior, McKnight ran for 1,016 yards on 164 carries and 8 touchdowns in 2009.  The speedy, overrated athlete finished his Trojan career with 2,213 yards on 347 carries with 13 touchdowns.  Selected in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.

Chris Polk, Washington (2009) – The California native gained 1,113 yards on 226 carries with 5 touchdowns for the Huskies in 2009.  Polk will look to build on his rushings totals and reach the 1,000 yard mark again in 2010.

Louis Rankin, Washington (2007) – As a senior, Rankin gained 1,294 yards on 233 carries with 6 touchdowns. Finished his Husky career with 2,480 yards on 488 carries with 11 touchdowns.  Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Oakland Raiders in 2008.

Jacquizz Rogers, Oregon State (2008, 2009) – The 5-7′ Texas native made an immediate impact with the Beavers in 2008.  The 2008 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year set a then Pac-10 freshman record with 1,253 rushing yards in 2008.  The 2010 junior has gained 2,480 yards on 488 carries and 11 touchdowns in his two years in Corvallis.

Jonathan Stewart, Oregon (2007) – The powerful Oregon running back led the Pac-10 in rushing in 2007 with 1,722 yards on 280 carries with 11 touchdowns.  Finished his Oregon career with 2,891 yards on 516 carries with 27 rushing touchdowns.  Drafted with the 13th pick of the 2008 NFL Draft after foregoing his junior year of eligibility.

Ryan Torain, Arizona State (2006) – As a junior, Torain rushed for 1,229 yards on 223 carries with 7 touchdowns. Finished his two-year Sun Devil career with 1,782 yards on 333 carries with 12 touchdowns.  A 5th round selection by the Denver Broncos in the 2008 NFL Draft.

LenDale White, Southern California (2004, 2005) – The all-time Trojan rushing touchdown leader with 52, White finished his three-year collegiate career with 3,159 rushing yards.  Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.

Terrence Whitehead, Oregon (2004) – As a junior, the Oregon tailback ran for 1,144 yards on 200 carries with 6 touchdowns.  The 5-10′  underrated athlete was an undrafted free agent signed by Cincinnati in 2006.

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~ by philip d. on May 11, 2010.

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