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The Best Pittsburgh Panthers Running Backs of All Time

Updated December 4, 2019 5.3k votes 683 voters 9.1k views31 items

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College football fans, we’re ranking the best Pittsburgh Panthers running backs of all time. It includes every starting running back throughout Pittsburgh Panthers history, including current running backs and past ones. This Pittsburgh football roster has famous All-Americans, Pittsburgh running backs in the NFL, and Panthers players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Featuring some of the greatest college running backs of all time, the best Pittsburgh RBs include LeSean McCoy, Tony Dorsett, James Conner, and Dion Lewis.

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

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  • Tony Dorsett1

    1973 - 1976

  • Curtis Martin2

    1991 - 1994

  • LeSean McCoy3

    2007 - 2008

  • Craig Heyward4

    1984 - 1987

  • James Conner5
    304
    116

    James Conner

    2014 - 2016

  • Dion Lewis6

    2009 - 2010

  • Kevan Barlow7
    179
    87

    Kevan Barlow

    1997 - 2000

  • Curvin Richards8
    147
    80

    Curvin Richards

    1988 - 1990

  • Qadree Ollison9
    149
    97

    Qadree Ollison

    2015 - 2018

  • Ray Graham10

    2009 - 2012

  • Elliott Walker11
    96
    55

    Elliott Walker

    1974 - 1977

  • LaRod Stephens-Howling12

    2005 - 2008

  • Randy McMillan13

    1979 - 1982

  • Billy West14
    94
    61

    Billy West

    1993 - 1997

  • Rooster Jones15
    65
    41

    Rooster Jones

    1978 - 1980

  • Darrin Hall16
    90
    68

    Darrin Hall

    2015 - 2018

  • Paul Martha17
    61
    42

    Paul Martha

    1961 - 1963

  • Charles Gladman18
    57
    43

    Charles Gladman

    1984 - 1986

  • Bryan Thomas19

    1980 - 1982

  • Wayne DiBartola20
    47
    37

    Wayne DiBartola

    1979 - 1981

  • Joe McCall21
    45
    41

    Joe McCall

    1980 - 1983

  • Brandon Miree22
    55
    59

    Brandon Miree

    2000 - 2003

  • Tony Esposito23
    21
    24

    Tony Esposito

    1968 - 1970

  • Raymond Kirkley24
    25
    31

    Raymond Kirkley

    2001 - 2005

  • Rick Leeson25
    22
    29

    Rick Leeson

    1961 - 1963