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Top 10 Georgia running backs of all time
Todd Gurley rushed for 3,285 yards and 36 touchdowns during his Georgia Bulldogs career. (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

Top 10 Georgia running backs of all time

ATHENS, Ga. (BVM) – Georgia has cemented itself as one of the premier programs when it comes to the running back position. Over the past decade, the school has found a way to add a talented group of backs in nearly every season in hopes of finding its third Heisman-winning running back. With a talented group to pick from, here are the top 10 rushers in program history.

10. Terrell Davis (1992-94) 

Davis’ Georgia career never completely matched his success at the NFL level, but after transferring to the program his sophomore season from Long Beach State, the 5-foot-11 running back consistently found ways to impact the game during his threeyear tenure. Although he never topped 900 yards in a season, Davis averaged 5.2 yards a carry and could have enjoyed a breakout senior season had it not been for a hamstring injury that cost him nearly half the touches he received the previous campaign.

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Georgia Bulldogs running back (33) Terrell Davis in action during the 1993 season. (RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports)

9.Rodney Hampton (1987-89)

With two historic Bulldogs backs in front of him on the depth chart throughout his first two seasons at the collegiate level, Hampton still found a way to be more than just a secondary runner, racking up over 1,600 yards on the ground. When given a full opportunity to lead the room in 1989, Hampton would make the most of it, rushing for 1,059 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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Georgia Bulldogs running back Rodney Hampton (7) in action against the Syracuse Orange in the1989 Peach Bowl with Syracuse defeating Georgia 19-18 at Fulton County Stadium. (Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports)

8. Lars Tate (1984-87)

The Indianapolis native is part of a small group of former Bulldogs to top 3,000 rushing yards throughout their career. After splitting time as the lead back during his first two seasons, Tate would become the motor behind the program’s success in 1986 and 1987. Topping nearly 1,000 yards in his final two campaigns, Tate would total 3,017 yards on the ground and 37 total touchdowns.

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Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Todd Williams (15) turns to hand the ball off to running back Lars Tate (32) against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Legion Field. (Credit: Manny Rubio-USA TODAY Sports)

7. D’Andre Swift (2017-19)

Swift could have featured as a starter at almost every college program in the country his freshman year, but with two All-SEC backs in front of him, the Philadelphia native found himself as the team’s third contributor. Even with the role, Swift helped the Bulldogs to one of the best seasons in school history. One of the most talented running backs in Georgia history, Swift finished his threeyear career with 2,885 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, earning him All-SEC honors in his sophomore and junior campaigns.

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Georgia Bulldogs running back D’Andre Swift (7) runs the ball against Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Dylan Moses (32) in the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

6. Knowshon Moreno (2007-08)

Moreno’s two seasons at Georgia have been hard to duplicate for running backs entering the program since. The 5-foot-11, 218-pound back proved to be one of the top rushers in the nation during his time with the Bulldogs, racking up 1,334 yards on the ground and SEC Freshman of the Year honors during his 2007 campaign. Moreno would go on to total 2,734 yards in just two seasons, becoming one of Georgia’s most gifted runners in school history.

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Georgia Bulldogs running back (24) Knowshon Moreno runs for a touchdown against the Mississippi Rebels in the fourth quarter at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs defeated the Rebels 45 to 17. (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

5. Garrison Hearst (1990-92)

Staying in state comes with a different level of expectations and Hearst did more than enough to live up to them. The Lincolnton native had a steady ramp up his first two seasons at Georgia rushing for 717 yards his freshman year and 968 his sophomore campaign. When given the full workload in his junior season, Hearst enjoyed a historic effort, topping 1,547 yards and 19 touchdowns, leading him to the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back.

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Georgia Bulldogs running back Garrison Hearst (5) in action against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium. (Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports)

4. Sony Michel (2014-17)

There’s no question that Michel would have had an even greater statistical impact with the Georgia Bulldogs had he not split carries with his running back tandem throughout each of his four seasons. Even with the circumstances, Michel proved to be one of the most significant players in program history during his time on the field. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound back totaled over 3,600 yards rushing during his career and provided a significant impact in the team’s biggest moments. During the 2018 Rose Bowl, Michel posted 222 total yards and four touchdowns, earning him Offensive MVP honors of the game.

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Georgia Bulldogs running back Sony Michel (1) runs for a touchdown against the Missouri Tigers during the second quarter at Sanford Stadium. (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

3. Todd Gurley (2012-14)

With a lengthy list of star running backs that have donned the Bulldogs uniform, Gurley might be the most talented of them all. Gurley’s career easily could have topped the program’s all-time records had it not been for injuries and his off-the-field suspension his junior season. Still, the North Carolina native put together over 3,000 rushing yards during his three seasons with the team and even posted nearly 1,000 rushing yards in just six games during his junior campaign. Gurley’s prominent impact even had him near the top of the Heisman favorites entering his 2014 season.

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Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) runs for a touchdown during the first half of the Georgia Spring Game at Sanford Stadium. Red defeated Black 27-24. (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

2. Nick Chubb (2014-17)

Chubb’s consistency throughout his four collegiate seasons might stick out the most when looking back on his Georgia tenure. Chubb finished with the second most yards in program and SEC history, and helped return the Bulldogs to annual National Championship contenders. His 4,769 career yards represent the most impressive rushing stint since the list’s No. 1 player and has helped create a yearly cycle of top running back recruits to the Georgia program.

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Georgia Bulldogs running back Nick Chubb (27) runs for a touchdown against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers during the first half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Charleston Southern 55-9. (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

 1. Herschel Walker (1980-82)

Walker is the only option for the top spot after enjoying a career that nears the pinnacle of all college football running backs. With three straight seasons as a top three Heisman finalist – the only player to ever achieve that feat — Walker’s resume is hard to top. Behind three SEC Player of the Year honors, three All-American selections, a National Championship and a Heisman Trophy, Walker ended his Georgia career with the most decorated resume in program history. His 5,259 career rushing yards could have placed him even closer to the all-time record holder in college football history had he not forgone his senior season.

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Georgia Bulldogs running back #34 Herschel Walker in action against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the 1983 Sugar Bowl at the Superdome. (Credit: Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

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