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The name J.J. Arrington doesn't have a ring to it like Adrian Peterson or Reggie Bush, but in 2004 Arrington outplayed those two future first-round NFL picks.
Oklahoma's Peterson and USC's Bush finished second and fifth respectively in Heisman voting that year, while California's Arrington came in eighth.
But Arrington was the only tailback with 2,000 yards that season.
The then-senior finished at 2018 yards, then the 10th best season in NCAA history. That season he rushed for 100-plus in every game and 15 touchdowns overall.
In comparison, Bush only surpassed 100 yards in a game twice that season, relying more on his kick returns and Trojan uniform for his national notoriety.
Peterson, on the other hand, was well-known for being a freshman.
Yes, a freshman who racked up 1925 yards, but on 50 more carries and one extra game than Arrington.
Arrington went 7.0 yards on average, while Peterson covered an NFL-level 5.7 yards per carry (and an equivalent 15 touchdowns).
Both had fantastic quarterbacks (Jason White for Peterson, Aaron Rodgers for Arrington), which could only help their stats.
But Arrington churned out more yards with fewer opportunities and never got the press or credit he deserved as the best Cal tailback in recent memory.