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The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time  

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College football fans, we’re ranking the best Illinois Fighting Illini running backs of all time. It includes every starting running back throughout Illinois Fighting Illini history, including current running backs and past ones. This Illinois football roster has famous All-Americans, Illinois running backs in the NFL, and Fighting Illini players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Featuring some of the greatest college running backs of all time, the best Illinois RBs include Robert Holcombe, Jim Grabowski, Mikel Leshoure, and Pierre Thomas.

Who are the greatest running backs in Illinois Fighting Illini history? Add your favorites if they’re not all on this list of University of Illinois football players who have played as running back. 

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1
Rashard Mendenhall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Rashard Mendenhall

2005 - 2007

2
Antoineo Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Antoineo Harris

1999 - 2002

3
Robert Holcombe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Robert Holcombe

1994 - 1997

4
Pierre Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time

2003 - 2006

5
Howard Griffith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time

1987 - 1990

6
Jim Grabowski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Jim Grabowski

1963 - 1965

7
Mikel Leshoure is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time

2008 - 2010

8
Ty Douthard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Ty Douthard

1993 - 1996

9
Reggie Corbin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Reggie Corbin

2015 - 2018

10
Rocky Harvey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Rocky Harvey

1998 - 2001

11
Chubby Phillips is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Chubby Phillips

1973 - 1976

12
Josh Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Josh Ferguson

2011 - 2015

13
Thomas Rooks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Thomas Rooks

1982 - 1985

14
Calvin Thomas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time

1978 - 1981

15
Daniel Dufrene is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Daniel Dufrene

2007 - 2009

16
Bill Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time

1958 - 1960

17
E.B. Halsey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
E.B. Halsey

2003 - 2006

18
Keith Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time

1985 - 1988

19
Jason Ford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Jason Ford

2008 - 2011

20
Ray Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Ray Wilson

1983 - 1986

21
Mike Holmes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Mike Holmes

1979 - 1980

22
James Coleman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
James Coleman

1975 - 1977

23
Lonnie Perrin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Lonnie Perrin

1972 - 1975

24
Donovonn Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Donovonn Young

2011 - 2014

25
Steve Havard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time
Steve Havard

1995 - 1999