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NCAA Division 1-A

> 2002 Top 10 Rushers

> Top Single-Season Rushing Yards

> Top Single-Season All-Purpose Yards

> Active Rushing Leaders

> Active All-Purpose Yardage Leaders
Mid-American Conference

> Top Single-Season Rushing Yards


NIU Record Books

> Career Rushing Yardage

> Single-Season Rushing Yardage




NCAA Division 1-A:


2002 Top 10 Rushers

Player School Yards
1 Larry Johnson Penn State 160.5
2 Michael Turner Northern Illinois 159.6
3 Chris Brown Colorado 153.4
4 Willis McGahee Miami (FL) 134.9
5 Marcus Merriweather Ball State 134.8
6 Quentin Griffin Oklahoma 134.6
7 Avon Cobourne West Virginia 131.5
8 Steven Jackson Oregon State 130.0
9 Joffrey Reynolds Houston 128.8
10 Terry Caulley Connecticut 124.7

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Top Single-Season Rushing Yards

Player School Year Yards
1 Barry Sanders Oklahoma State 1988 2,628
2 Marcus Allen Southern Cal 1981 2,342
3 Troy Davis Iowa State 1996 2,185
4 LaDainian Tomlinson TCU 2000 2,158
5 Mike Rozier Nebraska 1983 2,148
6 Rickey Williams Texas 1998 2,124
7 Larry Johnson Penn State 2002 2,087
8 Byron Hanspard Texas Tech 1996 2,084
9 Rashaan Salaam Colorado 1994 2,055
10 Troy Davis Iowa State 1995 2,010
11 LeShon Johnson Northern Illinois 1993 1,976
12 Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh 1976 1,948
13 Michael Turner Northern Illinois 2002 1,915

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Top Single-Season All-Purpose Yards

Player School Year Yards
1 Barry Sanders Oklahoma State 1988 3,250
2 Ryan Benjamin Pacific 1991 2,995
3 Troy Edwards Louisiana Tech 1998 2,784
4 Mike Pringle Cal St.-Fullerton 1989 2,690
5 Paul Palmer Temple 1986 2,633
6 Emmett White Utah State 2000 2,628
7 Ryan Benjamin Pacific 1992 2,597
8 Bernard Berrian Fresno State 2001 2,591
9 Marcus Allen Southern Cal 1981 2,559
10 Sheldon Canley San Jose St. 1989 2,513
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22 Michael Turner Northern Illinois 2002 2,284

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Active Rushing Leaders (prior to Nov. 8th)

Player School Class Yards
1 Michael Turner Northern Illinois Senior 4,435
2 Mewelde Moore Tulane Senior 4,364
3 Tatum Bell Oklahoma State Senior 3,327
4 Chris Perry Michigan Senior 3,296
5 Steven Jackson Oregon State Junior 3,198
6 Derrick Knight Boston College Senior 3,103
7 Cedric Benson Texas Junior 3,018
8 Keylor Kincade SMU Senior 2,802
9 Chance Kretschner Nevada Junior 2,781
10 Zack Abron Missouri Soph. 2,757

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Active All-Purpose Yardage Leaders

Player School Year Games Yards
1 Mewelde Moore Tulane 2000-02 35 5,182
2 Chris Douglas Duke 2000-02 33 4,305
3 Michael Turner Northern Illinois 2000-02 33 4,102

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Mid-American Conference:



Top Single-Season Rushing Yards

Player School Year Yards
1 Michael Turner Northern Illinois 2002 1,915
2 Wasean Tait Toledo 1995 1,905
3 Brian Pruitt Central Michigan 1994 1,890
4 Travis Prentice Miami (OH) 1998 1,787
5 Shawn Faulkner W. Michigan 1983 1,668
6 Travis Prentice Miami (OH) 1999 1,659
7 Deland McCullough Miami (OH) 1995 1,627
8 Robert Sanford W. Michigan 2000 1,571
9 Travis Prentice Miami (OH) 1997 1,549
10 Kelvin Farmer Toledo 1986 1,532

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NIU Record Books:



Career Rushing Yardage

Player Position Years Yards
1 Mark Kellar FB 1971-73 3,745
2 Allen Ross TB 1977-80 3,500
3 Adam Dach FB 1987-91 3,438
4 LeShon Johnson TB 1992-93 3,314
5 Michael Turner TB 2000-03 3,293
6 Charles Talley TB 1993-96 2,727
7 Stacey Robinson QB 1988-90 2,087

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Single-Season Rushing Yardage

Player Position Year YPG
1 LeShon Johnson TB 1993 179.6
2 Michael Turner TB 2003 159.6
3 Charles Talley TB 1995 140.0
4 Stacey Robinson QB 1989 131.2
5 LeShon Johnson TB 1992 121.6

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