The Top 10 Ole Miss Football Running Backs of All Time

Ranked by career rushing yards at Ole Miss.

Dexter McCluster holding a trophy at Ole Miss.
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Ole Miss Football has enjoyed its fair share of talented running backs.

This list of the top 10 Ole Miss running backs is sorted by career rushing yards. How many of these players do you remember?

#10 — Dexter McCluster (1,955 Rushing Yards)

Dexter McCluster played running back and wide receiver for Ole Miss from 2006 through 2009. He reached his full potential under Coach Houston Nutt. McCluster played six seasons in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans.

#9 — Jaylen Walton (1,957 Rushing Yards)

Jaylen Walton played at Ole Miss from 2012 through 2015. He played most of his career under Coach Hugh Freeze. While Walton was a small running back (5 feet 8 inches tall), he had tremendous speed and quickness.

#8 — Leon Perry (2,135 Rushing Yards)

Leon Perry played for Ole Miss from 1976 through 1979. He had ten rushing touchdowns during his senior season. Perry played three seasons in the NFL, all for the New York Giants from 1980 through 1982.

#7 — BenJarvus Green-Ellis (2,137 Rushing Yards)

BenJarvus Green-Ellis played his first two seasons at Indiana (2003–2004) and his final two years at Ole Miss (2006–2007). He rushed for over 1,000 yards in both of his seasons at Ole Miss. Green-Ellis played six seasons in the NFL for the New England Patriots and the Cincinnati Bengals from 2008 through 2013.

#6 — Jerrion Ealy (2,237 Rushing Yards)

Jerrion Ealy played for Ole Miss from 2019 through 2021). He finished his three seasons at Ole Miss averaging 5.8 yards per rush. Ealy decided to enter the 2022 NFL draft and forgo his senior season at Ole Miss.

#5 — Jeff Scott (2,297 Rushing Yards)

Jeff Scott played at Ole Miss from 2010 through 2013. He averaged 7.4 yards per rush during his senior season. Scott was the primary running back during Coach Hugh Freeze’s first two seasons at Ole Miss.

#4 — Dou Innocent (2,322 Rushing Yards)

Dou Innocent played football at Ole Miss from 1991 through 1995. He was the lead running back during his junior and senior seasons. Innocent played one season in the NFL (1996) for the Seattle Seahawks.

#3 — Brandon Bolden (2,594 Rushing Yards)

Brandon Bolden played at Ole Miss from 2008 through 2011. During his junior year, he averaged 6.0 yards per rush and had fourteen rushing touchdowns. Bolden has played nine seasons in the NFL (2012–2019, 2021) for two teams: the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins.

#2 — Joe Gunn (2,776 Rushing Yards)

Joe Gunn played for Ole Miss from 1998 through 2001. He played under Coach David Cutcliffe. What makes Gunn’s rushing yards more impressive is that he split carries with the number one running back on this list — Deuce McAllister.

#1 — Deuce McAllister (3,181 Rushing Yards)

Deuce McAllister played at Ole Miss from 1997 through 2000. In his junior and senior seasons at Ole Miss, he had 27 total rushing touchdowns. McAllister was drafted in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He played eight seasons with the Saints (2001–2008).

Ole Miss football has seen plenty of talented running backs play on its field. Ole Miss has sent several running backs to the NFL.

Under Coach Lane Kiffin, it appears as if the number of talented running backs at Ole Miss will only keep rising.

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