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The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Running Backs of All Time

Updated January 6, 2020 1.2k votes 226 voters 3.7k views31 items

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College football fans, we’re ranking the best North Carolina Tar Heels running backs of all time. It includes every starting running back throughout North Carolina Tar Heels history, including current running backs and past ones. This North Carolina football roster has famous All-Americans, North Carolina running backs in the NFL, and Tar Heels players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Featuring some of the greatest college running backs of all time, the best North Carolina RBs include Amos Lawrence, Elijah Hood, Marquise Williams, and Ronnie McGill.

Who are the greatest running backs in North Carolina Tar Heels history? Add your favorites if they’re not all on this list of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill football players who have played as running back. 

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  • Amos Lawrence1
    85
    31

    Amos Lawrence

    1977 - 1980

  • Kelvin Bryant2
    80
    32

    Kelvin Bryant

    1979 - 1982

  • Giovani Bernard3

    2011 - 2012

  • Natrone Means4

    1990 - 1992

  • Elijah Hood5
    50
    20

    Elijah Hood

    2014 - 2016

  • Don McCauley6
    41
    12

    Don McCauley

    1968 - 1970

  • Mike Voight7
    38
    13

    Mike Voight

    1973 - 1976

  • Leon Johnson8
    35
    11

    Leon Johnson

    1993 - 1996

  • Ethan Horton9

    1981 - 1984

  • T.J. Logan10
    35
    16

    T.J. Logan

    2013 - 2016

  • Willie Parker11

    2000 - 2003

  • Charlie Justice12
  • Derrick Fenner13

    1985 - 1986

  • Shaun Draughn14
    16
    7

    Shaun Draughn

    2007 - 2010

  • Ken Willard15

    1962 - 1964

  • Ronald Curry16
    18
    12

    Ronald Curry

    1998 - 2001

  • Billy Johnson17

    1976 - 1980

  • Marquise Williams18

    2012 - 2015

  • Johnny White19
    9
    7

    Johnny White

    2007 - 2010

  • Sammy Johnson20
    12
    11

    Sammy Johnson

    1972 - 1973

  • Ronnie McGill21
    12
    11

    Ronnie McGill

    2003 - 2006

  • Kennard Martin22
    9
    8

    Kennard Martin

    1987 - 1988

  • Jacque Lewis23
    6
    7

    Jacque Lewis

    2001 - 2004

  • Jonathan Linton24

    1994 - 1997

  • James Betterson25
    9
    12

    James Betterson

    1973 - 1975