On Sunday night, Scout Now challenged Big Red Report with the tough task of narrowing Nebraska's running back history down to just the top four.
When you cover a program like the Huskers, one of the best in college football history, it's hard to single out a few to highlight. An All-American or two is going to be always left out. Running backs No 5 to 10 would be the top back at most programs across the country.
So we tried to do our best. We asked around - all generations. We took not only a player's level of talent, but also their body of work at Nebraska. Often times players had to share too many carries.
So here is our top four:
1.) Mike Rozier (1981-83) - The New Jersey native won the 1983 Heisman Trophy and was the Maxwell Player of the Year. He is currently still the program's career rushing leader, with 4,780 yards. In 1983, Rozier rushed for 2,148 yards and 29 touchdowns.
2.) Ahman Green (1995-97) - A two-time National Champion, Green rushed for nearly 4,000 yards in his career in just three seasons, before leaving early to the NFL. Green was a second-team All-American and rushed for nearly 1,900 yards his junior season.
3.) Ameer Abdullah (2011-15) - The former Alabama prep rushed for 1,000 yards three straight seasons and had back-to-back 1,600-yard campaigns. If he had not got dinged up his senior year, he might have had a chance to run down Rozier's record. He headed off to the NFL as the Huskers' second all-time career rusher.
4.) Bobby Reynolds (1950-52) - It's a name many Nebraska fans might not even known, but there is a reason he is a College Football Hall of Famer. Ask anybody old enough to remember him play and they almost all agree he's in the top five. He set a NCAA player record for most points scored per game in a season with 17.4 and was a first-team All-American in 1950. Injuries cut his accolades down the next two seasons, after the Grand Island native tried to play through them.
Just missing our list was Lawrence Phillips, who would be likely No. 1 if talent alone was being evaluated. Phillips' 1994 season was nothing less than special - rushing for 1,818 yards and 16 touchdowns in 13 contests. But, 1995 was cut extremely short due to his suspension. He was on a Heisman like pace when he had to come to the sidelines. Phillips in 1994 was a second-team All-American. His name not being on the top four list will likely create the most controversy among a portion of the fan base.
*** NFL careers were not factored in the decision. It was soley based on what was done at Nebraska.
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