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The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time 

Ranker College Football
Updated December 4, 2019 889 votes 236 voters 7k views 30 items

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College football fans, we’re ranking the best Stanford Cardinal running backs of all time. It includes every starting running back throughout Stanford Cardinal history, including current running backs and past ones. This Stanford football roster has famous All-Americans, Stanford running backs in the NFL, and Cardinal players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Featuring some of the greatest college running backs of all time, the best Stanford RBs include Stepfan Taylor, Christian McCaffrey, Bryce Love, and Tyler Gaffney.

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

list ordered by
1
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Christian McCaffrey

2014 - 2016

2
Bryce Love is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Bryce Love

2015 - 2018

3
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time

2006 - 2009

4
Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time

2009 - 2012

5
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time

1977 - 1981

6
Tyler Gaffney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Tyler Gaffney

2009 - 2013

7
Brad Muster is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time

1984 - 1987

8
Tommy Vardell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time

1988 - 1991

9
Glyn Milburn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time

1988 - 1992

10
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Jackie Brown

1969 - 1971

11
Vincent White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Vincent White

1979 - 1982

12
Anthony Bookman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Anthony Bookman

1994 - 1997

13
Jon Volpe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Jon Volpe

1987 - 1990

14
Scott Laidlaw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Scott Laidlaw

1972 - 1974

15
Phil Francis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Phil Francis

1976 - 1978

16
Kerry Carter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Kerry Carter

1999 - 2002 

17
Brian Allen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Brian Allen

1998 - 2001

18
Ron Inge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Ron Inge

1973 - 1976

19
Bubba Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Bubba Brown

1968 - 1969

20
Mike Dotterer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Mike Dotterer

1979 - 1982

21
Anthony Kimble is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Anthony Kimble

2005 - 2008

22
Anthony Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Anthony Wilkerson

2010 - 2013

23
Kenneth Tolon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Kenneth Tolon

2001 - 2004

24
Mike Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time

1993 - 1997

25
Ray Handley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stanford Cardinal Running Backs of All Time
Ray Handley

1963 - 1965