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The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time

Updated December 4, 2019 3.8k votes 679 voters 8.3k views31 items

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College football fans, we’re ranking the best Iowa Hawkeyes running backs of all time. It includes every starting running back throughout Iowa Hawkeyes history, including current running backs and past ones. This Iowa football roster has famous All-Americans, Iowa running backs in the NFL, and Hawkeyes players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Featuring some of the greatest college running backs of all time, the best Iowa RBs include Sedrick Shaw, Akrum Wadley, Mark Weisman, and Ladell Betts.

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

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    Nile Kinnick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
  • 2
    Shonn Greene is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time

    2005 - 2008

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    Tony Stewart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time

    1987 - 1990

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    Tavian Banks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
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    51

    Tavian Banks

    1994 - 1997

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    Fred Russell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
    126
    43

    Fred Russell

    2000 - 2003

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    Sedrick Shaw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
    126
    44

    Sedrick Shaw

    1993 - 1996

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    Akrum Wadley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
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    102

    Akrum Wadley

    2014 - 2017

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    Ronnie Harmon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time

    1982 - 1985

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    Ladell Betts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
    97
    34

    Ladell Betts

    1998 - 2001

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    Owen Gill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
    85
    33

    Owen Gill

    1981 - 1984

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    Nick Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
    99
    46

    Nick Bell

    1988 - 1990

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    Albert Young is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
    87
    37

    Albert Young

    2004 - 2007

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    Ed Podolak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time

    1966 - 1968

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    Mark Weisman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
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    81

    Mark Weisman

    2012 - 2014

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    Jordan Canzeri is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
    88
    49

    Jordan Canzeri

    2011 - 2015

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    Adam Robinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
    111
    75

    Adam Robinson

    2009 - 2010

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    Leshun Daniels Jr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
    74
    41

    Leshun Daniels Jr

    2013 - 2016

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    Marcus Coker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
    59
    40

    Marcus Coker

    2010 - 2011

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    Larry Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
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    18

    Larry Ferguson

    1959 - 1962

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    Mike Saunders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
    35
    19

    Mike Saunders

    1988 - 1991

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    Rick Bayless is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
    32
    20

    Rick Bayless

    1984 - 1987

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    Eddie Phillips is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
    23
    12

    Eddie Phillips

    1980 - 1983

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    Jim Jensen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time

    1972 - 1975

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    David Hudson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
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    12

    David Hudson

    1985 - 1988

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    Dennis Mosley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Iowa Hawkeyes Running Backs of All Time
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    27

    Dennis Mosley

    1976 - 1979

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