The Ten Most Productive College Running Backs Per Carry

To be an effective college running back, one needs talent, ability, blocking, and a successful offensive scheme. The 2010 season isn’t lacking in regards to the number of explosive tailbacks that can gain big yards each time they carry the football. Here are 10 returning college running backs that are the most productive in terms of average yards per carry.

Vai Taua, Nevada

In 2009, the Wolfpack ran over defenses as three players including a quarterback surpassed the 1,000 yard mark on the season. Possibly a product of the system, Taua ran for 1,521 yards in 2008, and 1,345 yards in 2009. The 5’10”, 220 pound running back averaged an impressive 7.8 yards per carry on the season.

Lance Dunbar, North Texas

While the Mean Green only won two games in 2009, the season could be considered an individual success for Dunbar. The 5’9″, 202 pound Texas native rushed for 227 yards against Florida Atlantic and finished the season with 1,378 yards and 17 touchdowns. Dunbar made the most of his 200 carries, finishing the year with a 6.9 yards per carry average.

LaMichael James, Oregon

Despite only 11 carries in Oregon’s first two games, LaMichael James took advantage of an experienced offensive line to finish the season with 1,546 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Texas native carried the ball 230 times, and ended the 2009 season with a 6.7 yards per carry average.

Robert Turbin, Utah State

At 5’10” and 202 pounds this Aggie reached 100 yards in seven of the team’s twelve games in 2009. Turbin ran for 184 yards against New Mexico State, and 190 yards later in the season against San Jose State.

Turbin tore his ACL during the winter and most likely won’t suit up during the 2010 season. The California native finished the year with 1,296 yards on 207 carries, with 13 touchdowns and a 6.3 yards per carry average.

Mark Ingram, Alabama

Mark Ingram spent the 2009 season running over and around the tough defenses of the SEC. The 5’10”, 212 pound Michigan native finished the season with 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns. As a sophomore he was awarded the Heisman Trophy and averaged 6.1 yards per carry on the year.

Noel Devine, West Virginia

Noel Devine could be considered one of the most underrated players in the country. The Florida native saw his average per carry numbers decline in 2009 with a very respectable 6.1 average. Devine finished the season with 241 carries for 1,465 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati

Playing in a pass happy offense, Pead made the most of his limited carries in 2009. The 5’11”, 186 pound running back rushed for 806 yards in contributing to the Bearcats run to a Sugar Bowl appearance. Pead finished the year with 121 carries, nine touchdowns, and a 6.7 yards per carry average.

Jeffrey Demps, Florida

The Florida speedster is considered by many to be the fastest player in college football. The 5’8″, 183 pound athlete rushed for 745 yards in 2009, despite sharing the football with Emmanuel Moody and Chris Rainey. Jeffrey Demps carried the ball 99 times with seven touchdowns and average of 7.5 yards per carry.

Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky

If only Bobby Rainey had a chance to carry the football more then 144 times during the 2009 season. The Hilltoppers finished the year winless, and Rainey could be considered one of the lone bright spots. The 5’7″ Georgia native rushed for 939 yards, six touchdowns and an average of 6.5 yards per carry.

Mikel LeShoure, Illinois

Despite missing two games, the Illini tailback still managed to rush for 734 yards in 2009. LeShoure recorded three 100-yard games, including a 184 yard performance on 11 carries against Fresno State. The Illinois native finished the season with 108 carries, five touchdowns, and a 6.8 yards per carry average.

Honorable Mentions

Damien Berry, Miami (Florida)—In only eight games, Berry rushed for 616 yards on 93carries, with a 6.6 yards per carry average.

Chris Rainey, Florida—Another member of the Gator running back trio, Rainey carried the ball 89 times for 575 yards, with a 6.5 yards per carry average.

Matthew Tucker, TCU—Splitting time with Ed Wesley, the Texas native rushed 676 yards on 105 carries and a 6.4 yards per carry average.

Ed Wesley, TCU— The numbers of Tucker and Wesley could easily be mistaken, as the 5’9″ Horned Frog carried the football 101 times for 638 yards with a 6.3 yards per carry average.

Ike Nduka, Buffalo—Playing in only eight games, Nduka still managed to rush for 598 yards on 96 carries with a 6.2 yards per carry average in 2009.

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~ by philip d. on July 13, 2010.

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