College Football Stats: Top 10 Rushing Yard Leaders, 2023

    Who are the top 10 rushing yard leaders in the 2023 college football season following another week of scintillating action across the nation?

    Don’t try and tell these offensive weapons that running backs don’t matter. At the college football level, they absolutely do. And these boys have been the best of the bunch as the top 10 rushing yard leaders following Week 2 of the 2023 college football campaign.

    College Football Stats: Top 10 Rushing Yard Leaders

    All stats provided by CFB Stats and correct as the close of college football Week 2. Looking for more college football stats? Check out the Top 10 Passing Yard Leaders and Top 10 Receiving Yard Leaders

    1) Audric Estime, Notre Dame

    Rushing yards: 345 | Yards per carry: 8.02 | Rushing TDs: 4

    Not even the weather can stop Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Audric Estime. On a sodden field and following a substantial weather delay, the Fighting Irish freak frolicked in the open field, taking Notre Dame’s first play of the second quarter for an 80-yard score. He ended the game with 134 yards and two scores.

    2) Kimani Vidal, Troy

    Rushing yards: 331 | Yards per carry: 7.88 | Rushing TDs: 0

    Rinse and repeat for the Troy Trojans, whose offense continues to run through Kimani Vidal. The 5’8″, 215-pound brute continues to feature right at the top 10 rushing yard leaders after leading the team with 17 carries for 83 yards in a 42-13 defeat to Kansas State.

    3) Marcus Carroll, Georgia State

    Rushing yards: 291 | Yards per carry: 6.19 | Rushing TDs: 6

    The Georgia State Panthers once again rode Marcus Carroll to victory, with his 24 carries, 107 rushing yards, and three touchdowns helping the Panthers overcome UConn 35-14. Carroll’s performance helped him climb up to second amongst the top rushing yard leaders after Week 2.

    4) Jalen Buckley, Western Michigan

    Rushing yards: 281 | Yards per carry: 7.39 | Rushing TDs: 2

    Jalen Buckley is legit. Just ask the Syracuse defense that couldn’t contain him on a 75-yard touchdown run to open the scoring in what turned out to be a one-sided 48-7 loss for the Broncos. After proving himself versus Power Five opponents, Buckley remains one of the top rushing yards leaders in college football.

    5) Omarion Hampton, North Carolina

    Rushing yards: 271 | Yards per carry: 6.45 | Rushing TDs: 5

    North Carolina has a deep running back rotation, but Omarion Hampton emerged from it to enter the top rushing yards leaders after the Tar Heels Week 2 win over Appalachian State. Hampton paced the team with 234 yards and three touchdowns, one of which tied things up for the Tar Heels in overtime.

    6) Jaydn Ott, Cal

    Rushing yards: 270 | Yards per carry: 6.75 | Rushing TDs: 3

    Another 20 carries, 78 yards, and a touchdown in Cal’s narrow defeat to Auburn ensure that Jaydn Ott continues to sit amongst the top rushing yards leaders in college football. Ott’s production, and Cal’s result, might have been different if not for his third quarter exit following a hit where he landed awkwardly on his head.

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    7) Corey Kiner, Cincinnati

    Rushing yards: 258 | Yards per carry: 7.82 | Rushing TDs: 1

    Cincinnati’s Corey Kiner joins the rushing yard leaders for the 2023 college football season after a monster performance that helped Cincinnati beat Pitt on the road. The 5’9″, 215-pound junior back exploded for 153 yards and one touchdown in the 27-21 win.

    8) Deion Hankins, UTEP

    Rushing yards: 255 | Yards per carry: 5.54 | Rushing TDs: 1

    Despite a rough outing in the 38-7 defeat to Northwestern, UTEP running back Deion Hankins remains one of the most ferocious rushers in the nation. His 27 yards on seven carries isn’t typical of his normal standard and was just enough to keep him within the rushing yard leaders heading into Week 3 of the season.

    9) Shomari Lawrence, FIU

    Rushing yards: 254 | Yards per carry: 6.68 | Rushing TDs: 2

    Clad in their latest exquisite uniforms, FIU pounced over former CUSA foe North Texas for an impressive 46-39 win. Shomari Lawrence formed one half of a ground-and-pound duo with Kejon Owens, adding 89 yards and a score to his season total and cementing his place inside the top rushing yard leaders.

    10) Jo’Quavious Marks, Mississippi State

    Rushing yards: 250 | Yards per carry: 5.81 | Rushing TDs: 3

    You don’t automatically associate Mississippi State with top-tier rushing talent, but under new head coach Zach Arnett, Jo’Quavious Marks is doing the business. The senior back handled a bell cow workload in the home of the Cowbells, with 123 yards and a score helping the Bulldogs beat Arizona.

    RankNameTeamPosGamesAtt.YardsAvg.TDAtt/GYards/G
    1Kimani VidalTroyRB1252489.92025248
    2Deion HankinsUTEPRB2392285.85119.5114
    3Audric EstiméNotre DameRB2292117.28214.5105.5
    4Jalen BuckleyWMURB1301946.47130194
    5Jaydn OttCaliforniaRB1201889.4220188
    6Marcus CarrollGeorgia St.RB1231848323184
    7Kay'Ron Lynch-AdamsUMassRB2291806.21214.590
    8Malik JacksonJacksonville St.RB2251767.04212.588
    9Sieh BanguraOhioRB2341725.0601786
    10Shomari LawrenceFIURB2221657.511182.5
    11Emani BaileyTCURB11416411.71014164
    12Byrum BrownUSFQB1251606.4225160
    13Chez MellusiWisconsinRB11315712.08213157
    14Jalen MaydenSan Diego St.QB2181568.672978
    15Damien MartinezOregon St.RB1181458.06018145
    16Torrance Burgess Jr.UTEPRB2221436.511171.5
    17Quali ConleySan Jose St.RB2171428.3508.571
    18Braelon AllenWisconsinRB1171418.29217141
    19Cody SchraderMissouriRB1181387.67118138
    19Star ThomasNew Mexico St.RB2201386.921069
    21Rasheen AliMarshallRB1181377.61218137
    22Jaylon ArmsteadSan Diego St.RB2181367.561968
    23Taisun PhommachanhUMassQB2251305.2212.565
    24DJ GiddensKansas St.RB1151288.53015128
    24LJ Johnson, Jr.SMURB1141289.14114128
    26Jo'Quavious MarksMiss. StateRB1191276.68219127
    27Larry McCammon IIIFAURB1131259.62113125
    27Jalen WhiteGeorgia So.RB1191256.58119125
    27Kaelon BlackJMURB11212510.42012125
    30Ron WigginsJacksonville St.RB2241215.0421260.5
    31Bucky IrvingOregonRB1411929.7524119
    32MarShawn LloydUSCRB2161187.381859
    33Nate NoelAppalachian St.RB1241174.88124117
    34Monte WatkinsNew Mexico St.RB2611619.332358
    35Sutton SmithMemphisRB1181156.39218115
    35Jaylen WrightTennesseeRB1121159.58012115
    37Will ShipleyClemsonRB1171146.71017114
    38Nathan CarterMich StRB1181136.28118113
    39Ray DavisKentuckyRB1141128214112
    40Nay'Quan WrightUSFRB1171116.53017111
    41Jordan FordTulsaRB1191105.79119110
    42LeQuint AllenSyracuseRB1161076.69116107
    43Corey KinerCincinnatiRB1131058.08013105
    44Hunter SmithUL-MonroeRB1710314.7117103
    44British BrooksUNCRB1151036.87015103
    44Kevorian BarnesUTSARB1161036.44116103
    47Johnny RichardsonUCFRB1121008.33012100
    48Zac LarrierAir ForceQB114997.0721499
    48Victor RosaUConnRB1999112999
    48Quinten JoynerUSCRB29991114.549.5
    51Riley LeonardDukeQB189812.251898
    52Jawhar JordanLouisvilleRB179613.711796
    52Brennan ArmstrongNC StateQB119965.0521996
    54Mike WrightMiss. StateQB1595190595
    55Devin NealKansasRB113947.2311394
    56Elijah GilliamFresno St.RB120934.6502093
    57LJ MartinBYURB116915.6901691
    57Jeff SimsNebraskaQB119914.7901991
    59Henry Parrish, Jr.Miami (Fl)RB1990101990
    59John Rhys PlumleeUCFQB189011.251890
    61Sedrick AlexanderVanderbiltRB214896.362744.5
    62Dre’lyn WashingtonLouisianaRB1888111888
    63Jeremiyah LoveNotre DameRB29869.5614.543
    63Jordan JamesOregonRB110868.631086
    65Kenan ChristonSan Diego St.RB218854.720942.5
    66RJ HarveyUCFRB110848.411084
    67Ismail MahdiTexas St.RB168313.831683
    68Kaidon SalterLibertyQB119824.3201982
    68Jacquez StuartToledoRB112826.8301282
    70Grant WilsonODUQB119814.2601981
    70Mike FranklinUTEPRB217814.7618.540.5
    70CJ Donaldson Jr.WVURB118814.511881
    73Patrick SmithVanderbiltRB217804.7118.540
    74Dominic RichardsonBaylorRB116794.9401679
    74Vincent Davis Jr.UNLVRB137926.331379
    76Quinton CooleyLibertyRB116784.8801678
    76Chevan CordeiroSan Jose St.QB217784.5908.539
    78Mark Fletcher, Jr.Miami (Fl)RB19768.441976
    78T.J. HardenUCLARB111766.9101176
    78Carson SteeleUCLARB113765.8501376
    81Charvis ThorntonLouisiana TechRB216754.690837.5
    81Blake WatsonMemphisRB110757.531075
    81Dequan FinnToledoQB120753.7512075
    84Blake CorumMichiganRB110737.311073
    84Keshawn WicksODURB114735.2101473
    84Austin JonesUSCRB28739.132436.5
    84Zahir Abdus-SalaamWMURB120733.6512073
    88John Lee Eldridge IIIAir ForceRB1472180472
    89Cam SkatteboArizona St.RB117714.1811771
    89Durell RobinsonCharlotteRB111716.4511171
    89Jamoni JonesNew Mexico St.RB215714.7307.535.5
    89Garrett GreeneWVUQB115714.7311571
    93Nicholas SingletonPenn StateRB113705.3811370
    93Demond ClaiborneWake ForestRB113705.3811370
    95Ta'ron KeithBowling GreenRB1369231369
    95Luke AltmyerIllinoisQB19697.670969
    95Anthony WatkinsTulsaRB19697.670969
    98Andrew PeasleyWyomingQB115684.5311568
    99Thomas CastellanosBoston CollegeQB19677.441967
    99Casey FilkinsStanfordRB166711.170667

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