Each day, AllHoosiers.com has a new installment in “The Greatest” series that will chronicle some of the top players, teams and performances in Indiana football and basketball history.
The first two top 10 countdowns were basketball topics: the top 10 performances and the top 10 last second shots of all time. In this countdown, we look at the top 10 IU football players of all-time. Corby Davis was No. 5 yesterday and here is No. 4.
NO. 4 : VAUGHN DUNBAR
When speaking in Indiana University football terms, the terms ‘great’ and ‘running back’ in the same sentence are reserved for a select few.
Anthony Thompson is obviously the first name that rolls off of people’s tongues. Alex Smith is another one. Mike Harkrader and Levron Williams would likely get mentioned, too.
But Vaughn Dunbar certainly belongs in that company. In fact, he probably deserves to be near the top of the class.
Dunbar ranks sixth all-time in Indiana University history in rushing with 3,029 yards and 25 touchdowns.
And he accomplished that feat in two seasons. Everyone else on the top five rushing list needed at least three years to reach their totals. The top two needed four years.
Dunbar came to IU from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M where he was a junior college All-American selection as a sophomore.
As a junior at IU, he ran for 1,224 yards and 13 touchdowns.
But he was clearly just warming up. As a senior in 1991, Dunbar ran for 1,805 yards, an Indiana single season school record. He was named first team All-American.
His single game rushing high was 265 yards against Missouri.
Stay tuned for the No. 3 player tomorrow in AllHoosiers.com’s The Greatest Series in IU history.