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The Best Illinois Fighting Illini Running Backs of All Time

Updated December 4, 2019 1.7k votes 314 voters 4.3k views30 items

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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

    131
    37

    2005 - 2007

  • 2

    1987 - 1990

  • 3

    2003 - 2006

  • 4

    Antoineo Harris

    120
    72

    1999 - 2002

  • 5

    Robert Holcombe

    70
    31

    1994 - 1997

  • 6

    Jim Grabowski

    56
    31

    1963 - 1965

  • 7

    2008 - 2010

  • 8

    Rocky Harvey

    45
    25

    1998 - 2001

  • 9

    Ty Douthard

    45
    32

    1993 - 1996

  • 10

    E.B. Halsey

    32
    19

    2003 - 2006

  • 11

    Josh Ferguson

    26
    19

    2011 - 2015

  • 12

    Thomas Rooks

    29
    24

    1982 - 1985

  • 13

    Chubby Phillips

    28
    24

    1973 - 1976

  • 14

    1978 - 1981

  • 15

    Reggie Corbin

    27
    26

    2015 - 2018

  • 16

    Lonnie Perrin

    18
    16

    1972 - 1975

  • 17

    James Coleman

    16
    14

    1975 - 1977

  • 18

    Daniel Dufrene

    17
    15

    2007 - 2009

  • 19

    Mike Holmes

    13
    11

    1979 - 1980

  • 20

    Jason Ford

    14
    13

    2008 - 2011

  • 21

    Steve Havard

    16
    16

    1995 - 1999

  • 22

    1985 - 1988

  • 23

    1958 - 1960

  • 24

    Donovonn Young

    12
    13

    2011 - 2014

  • 25

    Rich Johnson

    11
    15

    1966 - 1968