Welcome back Husker fans. Well, I decided that it was time for someone in Husker Nation to publish a list of the greatest running backs that played at Nebraska.
Along with USC and Michigan, the I-back position at the University of Nebraska is one of the most well-known positions in the college football history.
More than 20 different Husker running backs have topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark for a season, so I had to reduce that number down to 10.
Believe me, cutting that number down was not an easy job—so I can guarantee that many of you will be complaining that I didn’t put “so and so” on the list.
Or, “how in the world” could he have put “blank” on the list, but left off “blank” who is still playing in the NFL?
Here is my opinion of the top 10 to have played the position at Nebraska, counting down from No. 10 to 1.
Now on with the Show.
In the 1977 season, Hipp rushed for 1,301 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Huskers, who finished 9-3 with a bowl win against North Carolina.
Hipp had by far the best name of any Husker without a doubt, and also one of the coolest hairdos in Husker history.
In the 1971 season, Jeff rushed for 1,037 yards and 16 touchdowns—not exactly "SUPER" stats.
However, he makes the list based on his performance against Oklahoma in the game of the century with 171 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning two-yard plunge with 1:38 to go in the game.
In the 1981 season Roger rushed for 1,060 yards and six touchdowns—not really eye-popping numbers, but Roger was the ultimate team player, and how could he not be with teammates such as Mike Rozier, Turner Gill, and Irving Fryar?
In 1992 Calvin rushed for 1,210 yards and 10 touchdowns on the Huskers' 9-3 Big 8 championship team. Calvin, along with Derek Brown, held joint duty of the I-back spot from 1990-93. Calvin played during the period right before Dr. Tom’s remarkable teams.
In 1991 Derek rushed for 1,313 yards and 14 touchdowns on a 9-2-1 team that lost to Miami in the Orange Bowl. Derek shared I-back duties with Calvin Jones for a couple years.
This "team first" attitude cost both in the personal statistics but really helped mold both players.
Back in 1950 Bobby became the first Husker to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, going for a then-Husker record of 1,342 yards in just nine games, a 149-yard per game average.
The 1,342 yards remained a Husker record until the 1982 season. He led the Huskers to their first winning record, 6-2-1, since 1940.
In 1988 Ken rushed for 1,497 yards and 12 touchdowns, leading the Huskers to an 11-2 No. 6 national ranking and the Big 8 title.
He rushed for 265 yards in Nebraska's 63-42 victory over Oklahoma State, outgaining the 1988 Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders, who gained 189 yards.
In 1994, Phillips rushed for 1,722 yards and 16 touchdowns, both records for a sophomore by more than 400 yards.
Phillips' total is also the third highest in Nebraska history as he helped the Huskers and Tom Osborne go 13-0 and win the national championship.
In the 1997 season, Green, who was raised in Omaha, rushed for 1,877 yards and 22 touchdowns. Both numbers are the second most in Husker history.
He led the Huskers to another 13-0 record, a share of a third national championship in four years, and the retirement of Dr. Tom Osborne as the head coach.
In 1983 Rozier rushed for 2,148 yards and 29 touchdowns. In one game against Kansas that season he rushed for 230 yards in the first half only.
Mike rushed for 200 yards or more in the final four regular season games and won the Heisman Trophy. The only disappointment in this season was losing to Miami 31-30 in the Orange Bowl for the National Championship.
Well, Husker fans, there you have my opinion of the 10 greatest running back seasons in Husker history. I look forward to your comments.
Thanks for reading.