Ranking Ben Tate Among the All-Time Auburn Rushers

[Edit 2013-01-13: See the updated list including Onterio McCalebb, Cam Newton, and more accurate stats.]

A couple of years ago, I ranked the Top Auburn Running Backs. I thought I would revisit the topic since Ben Tate just completed a solid 2009 campaign and his career at Auburn.

This had been prompted by an online poll and I looked at the results of that poll in a second post. Feel free to look at it.  I’m focusing here on updating my rankings and sharing new thoughts.  I am including all relevant text and commentary from the original post in order try and keep key details together, like the methodology at the end of this post.

So let’s dive into the updated chart.  I used the old numbers and grabbed Ben Tate‘s stats from ESPN’s website.  I also didn’t drop Bostic even though he dropped out of the top 10 for comparison. Note that some numbers are different from before as I was able to get some better stats.

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But Tucker was a God…

[Edit 2013-01-13: See the updated list including Ben Tate, Onterio McCalebb, Cam Newton, and more accurate stats.]

So Phillip Marshall tallied his votes for greatest running back not named Bo Jackson. I would say that there were surprises, but I watched the voting and was expecting some of these results. It does tell me one thing, fondness grows with time. Without further ado, here is his list compiled from the masses top three. To stay consistent with my previous list, I only listed the top nine after Bo.

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Top Auburn Running Backs

[Edit 2013-01-13: See the updated list including Ben Tate, Onterio McCalebb, Cam Newton, and more accurate stats.]

Today, Phillip Marshall posted an entry basically stating that Bo Jackson was the best runner ever at Auburn. That pretty much goes without saying. He then asks for users to vote for the next three running backs in the all-time list. I posted my vote, but I thought I would go into my thoughts in more detail.

Before getting too deep, the entire list. All numbers mined from the 2007 Auburn Football Media Guide.

Name Career
Career APY Career TD Season RY Season APY Season TD Game RY Score
Bo Jackson 4303 4892 43 1786 1859 17 290 154.74
Carnell Williams 3831 5084 45 1307 1718 17 204 120.19
James Brooks 3523 4496 24 1314 1800 10 226 103.80
Joe Cribbs 3368 4561 34 1205 1336 16 250 100.02
Stephen Davis 2811 3178 30 1263 1355 17 246 90.25
Brent Fullwood 2789 3758 24 1391 1512 10 207 74.08
Rudi Johnson 1567 1637 13 1567 1637 13 249 67.79
Ronnie Brown 2707 3390 29 1008 1189 14 224 66.36
Kenny Irons 2186 2430 17 1293 1459 13 218 57.04
James Bostic 2084 2254 18 1205 1245 12 211 44.25
  • Season stats refer to the best season
  • Game stats refer to the best game
  • APY: All-Purpose Yards
  • RY: Rushing Yards
  • TD: Touchdowns
  • [Edit 2008-01-28: Records highlighted in bold.]

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