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. Vaughn Dunbar was No. 4 yesterday and here is No. 3.
NO. 3 : ANTWAAN RANDLE EL
One Indiana football fact that I throw around often, normally to point out how IU has struggled on defense, has to do with our No. 3 selection on the list today, Antwaan Randle El.
It is always difficult for me to comprehend that in Randle El’s four seasons at Indiana from 1998-2001, Indiana never went to a bowl game.
Randle El was arguably the most exciting player in college football at the time. And with him at quarterback, the Hoosiers were scoring a ton of points. The problem was they couldn’t stop anybody. I always said that if Randle El was a two-way player and played DB, IU may have had a chance. As it was he returned punts and kicks, punted at times and did everything except sell programs.
Twelve times in Randle El’s IU career, the Hoosiers scored 26 points or more in a game – and lost.
Randle El got things started pretty well in his first college game against Western Michigan on Sept. 12, 1998. He accounted for 467 yards of total offense which is still third all-time in IU history. He threw for 385 and ran for 82 more. The 385 is the fifth highest single game passing total in IU history.
Here is the impact the Randle El made in his four years at IU. He is Indiana’s all-time leading passer with 7,469 yards and he is second all-time in career rushing with 3,895 yards. As a junior he ran for 1,270 yards and 13 touchdowns and as a senior had 964 yards rushing. He passed for 42 career touchdowns and ran for 44.
He is also IU’s all-time leader in total offense with 11,364 yards. Second on that list is Kellen Lewis with 8,072 yards.
He is fourth all-time in career all-purpose yards with 4,134 yards and second all-time in career touchdowns with 45 (44 rushing and one receiving). He is third in his career for points scored with 270.
He was the Big Ten most valuable player in 2001 and finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting. He was a first-team All-American that year, too.
At the conclusion of his career, his 3,895 yards rushing was the most in Division I college football history for a quarterback.
Stay tuned for the No. 3 player tomorrow in AllHoosiers.com’s The Greatest Series in IU history.
No. 10 James Hardy
No. 9 Pete Pihos
No. 8 John Tavener
No. 7 Tim Clifford
No. 6 Corby Davis
No. 5 Joe Norman
No. 4 Vaughn Dunbar
No. 3 Antwaan Randle El
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