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The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time 

Ranker College Football
Updated December 4, 2019 653 votes 187 voters 5.3k views 30 items

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College football fans, we’re ranking the best Minnesota Golden Gophers running backs of all time. It includes every starting running back throughout Minnesota Golden Gophers history, including current running backs and past ones. This Minnesota football roster has famous All-Americans, Minnesota running backs in the NFL, and Golden Gophers players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Featuring some of the greatest college running backs of all time, the best Minnesota RBs include Laurence Maroney, Marion Barber III, David Cobb, and Chris Darkins.

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

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1
Laurence Maroney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time

2003 - 2005

2
Marion Barber III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time

2001 - 2004

3
Darrell Thompson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Darrell Thompson

1986 - 1989

4
Marion Barber, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time

1977 - 1980

5
Rodney Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Rodney Smith

2014 - 2018

6
David Cobb is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
David Cobb

2011 - 2014

7
Chris Darkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Chris Darkins

1992 - 1995

8
Thomas Hamner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Thomas Hamner

1996 - 1999

9
Shannon Brooks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Shannon Brooks

2015 - 2018

10
Thomas Tapeh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Thomas Tapeh

2000 - 2003

11
Tellis Redmon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Tellis Redmon

1999 - 2001

12
Amir Pinnix is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Amir Pinnix

2004 - 2007

13
Byron Evans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Byron Evans

1996 - 1999

14
Kent Kitzmann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Kent Kitzmann

1976 - 1978

15
Garry White is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Garry White

1977 - 1980

16
Barry Mayer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Barry Mayer

1968 - 1970

17
Duane Bennett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Duane Bennett

2007 - 2011

18
Gary Russell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time

2004 - 2005

19
Rick Upchurch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time

1973 - 1974

20
Antonio Carter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Antonio Carter

1990 - 1993

21
Tony Hunter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Tony Hunter

1981 - 1984

22
MarQueis Gray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
MarQueis Gray

2009 - 2012

23
John King is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
John King

1971 - 1973

24
Jim Carter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Jim Carter

1967 - 1969

25
Asad Abdul-Khaliq is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Minnesota Golden Gophers Running Backs of All Time
Asad Abdul-Khaliq

2000 - 2003