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The Best Michigan Wolverines Running Backs of All Time

Updated December 4, 2019 3.5k votes 656 voters 13.9k views29 items

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College football fans, we’re ranking the best Michigan Wolverines running backs of all time. It includes every starting running back throughout Michigan Wolverines history, including current running backs and past ones. This Michigan football roster has famous All-Americans, Michigan running backs in the NFL, and Wolverines players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Featuring some of the greatest college running backs of all time, the best Michigan RBs include Mike Hart, Tyrone Wheatley, Chris Perry, and Karan Higdon. 

Who are the greatest running backs in Michigan Wolverines history? Add your favorites if they’re not all on this list of University of Michigan football players who have played as running back. Vote below, then head over and check out the best Michigan wide receivers ever.

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  • Tyrone Wheatley1

    1991 - 1994

  • Tshimanga Biakabutuka2

    1993 - 1995

  • Anthony Thomas3

    1997 - 2000

  • Michael Hart4
    238
    112

    Michael Hart

    2004 - 2007

  • Jamie Morris5
    115
    52

    Jamie Morris

    1984 - 1987

  • Chris Perry6

    2000 - 2003

  • Rob Lytle7
    89
    36

    Rob Lytle

    1974 - 1976

  • Butch Woolfolk8

    1978 - 1981

  • Harlan Huckleby9

    1975 - 1978

  • Billy Taylor10
    69
    32

    Billy Taylor

    1969 - 1971

  • Tony Boles11
    54
    19

    Tony Boles

    1987 - 1989

  • Leroy Hoard12

    1987 - 1989

  • Ron Johnson13

    1966 - 1968

  • Chris Howard14
    66
    33

    Chris Howard

    1994 - 1997

  • Karan Higdon15
    138
    108

    Karan Higdon

    2015 - 2018

  • Gordon Bell16

    1973 - 1975

  • De'Veon Smith17
    100
    72

    De'Veon Smith

    2013 - 2016

  • Ricky Powers18
    57
    29

    Ricky Powers

    1990 - 1993

  • Fitzgerald Toussaint19
    76
    51

    Fitzgerald Toussaint

    2010 - 2013

  • Brandon Minor20
    48
    40

    Brandon Minor

    2006 - 2009

  • Stan Edwards21
    26
    14

    Stan Edwards

    1977 - 1981

  • Ed Shuttlesworth22
    28
    19

    Ed Shuttlesworth

    1971 - 1973

  • Russell Davis23

    1975 - 1978

  • Clarence Williams24
    19
    14

    Clarence Williams

    1995 - 1998

  • Steve Smith25

    1980 - 1983