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3 Greatest Running Backs in Auburn History

Zach Brunner
Bo Jackson is Auburn's all-time rushing leader.
Bo Jackson is Auburn's all-time rushing leader. / Getty Images/Getty Images
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The Auburn Tigers have been one of the premier programs in college football history, posting 750 wins over their 117 seasons of existence. To win this many games, their offense has had to perform at a high level. This starts with establishing a dominant running game, which has been a strength for them over the years.

These are the three best running backs in Auburn program history.

3. Carnell Williams, 2001-04

Carnell Williams is the all-time Auburn touchdown leader, with 46.
Carnell Williams is the all-time Auburn touchdown leader, with 46. / Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Back in the early millennium, Carnell Williams was running all over the SEC. He has ran the ball more than anyone else in program history, with a total of 741 rushing attempts. These resulted in the second-most rushing yards in Auburn history (3,831). Williams is also the program leader in total touchdowns, with 45.

2. Tre Mason, 2011-13

Tre Mason ran for 2,979 yards in this three seasons at Auburn.
Tre Mason ran for 2,979 yards in this three seasons at Auburn. / Jeff Gross/Getty Images

While Tre Mason may not be among the first three Auburn running backs you think of, it's tough to argue with the production he had. In just three years with the program (two as a starter), he ran for 2,979 yards and totaled 33 touchdowns. His junior year with the Tigers resulted in 1,816 rushing yards and 24 total touchdowns. If he played his senior year and put up equal numbers, he could have been the program leader for both rushing yards and touchdowns.

1. Bo Jackson, 1982-85

Bo Jackson is second all-time in total Auburn touchdowns.
Bo Jackson is second all-time in total Auburn touchdowns. / Getty Images/Getty Images

It's impossible to imagine a list of Auburn running backs without Bo Jackson on top. He holds the program record for rushing yards (4,303) and he is second all-time in rushing touchdowns, with 43. Jackson has two of the top-four single-game rushing performances in school history and in his 1985 season, he garnered the second-most rushing yards in a single year in Auburn history (the most at the time). He would go on to be the first overall selection in the NFL Draft, but his pro career did not exactly go as many expected and hoped.


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