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.

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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.

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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