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3 Greatest Running Backs in Texas History

David Kaestle
Ricky Williams attends a Texas Longhorns game.
Ricky Williams attends a Texas Longhorns game. / Brian Bahr/Getty Images
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The Texas Longhorns are one of college football's blue-blood programs. recruiting some of the best talent the country has to offer. The running game has long been a part of Texas' success. With that in mind, let's take a look at the three best Texas running backs ever.

3. Cedric Benson (2001-04)

Cedric Benson is sadly no longer with us, but he definitely left his mark in Austin, rushing for 5,540 yards, which is the second-most all-time in Texas history. His 64 career rushing touchdowns are also the second-most in school history. Three of his four seasons in burnt orange rank among the Longhorn's top-10 in rushing yards, with his 2004 senior season being the best, ranking No. 4 all-time with 1,834 yards. He was a consensus All-American in 2004, a two-time First-team All-Big 12 and the AT&T ESPN All-American Player of the Year, also in 2004.

2. Earl Campbell (1974-77)

Earl Campbell is third on the all-time rushing yards list at Texas with 4,443 yards. His 1977 senior season was his best, rushing for 1,744 yards, which is the fifth-highest mark in school history. He also had 18 rushing touchdowns that season, which is the fifth-highest mark. These numbers earned him the 1977 Heisman Trophy, making him the first to win this award and just the second Longhorn to win it to this day. Campbell is also just one of six Longhorns to have their numbers retired by the university.

1. Ricky Williams (1995-98)

Ricky Williams dominates the Texas records books in practically every area for a running back. He is the all-time leading rusher with 6,279 yards and the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 72. His senior season, when he rushed for 2,124 yards is a Texas record and his junior season with 1,893 rushing yards ranks third in Longhorns history. In those two seasons he also had 25 and 27 rushing touchdowns, respectively, which are the two best single-season marks in school history. He owns two of the four highest single-game rushing totals, including the No. 1 spot with 350 yards against Iowa State. He is also the only player in school history to rush for six touchdowns in a single game, and he did it twice. He went on to win the 1998 Heisman trophy, along with being a two-time Unanimous All-American.


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