As the Top 5 series continues, the focus shifts to the running backs. Like the wide outs, this is an area where UofL has amassed a lot of talent.
5. Ralph Dawkins (1990-’93) 525 carries for 2,159 yards, 4.1 ypc. Number 22 was the first star of the 90’s, often posting big numbers against the nation’s elite like Ohio State and Tennessee. His low center of gravity allowed him to get behind his offensive line, then burst out in the open.
4. Deon Booker (1985-’88) 497 carries for 2,363 yards, 4.8 ypc. Booker was an un-sung hero of sorts because he played at Louisville when quite frankly they weren’t very good.
3. Bilal Powell (2007-’10) 436 carries for 2,338, 5.4 ypc. This player transformed his life from running with gang members in high school to being drafted in the NFL. Coach Strong termed him “the face of the program” and he didn’t disappoint, leading the team on the ground to 7 wins and a Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl win. He is currently playing for the New York Jets.
2. Frank Moreau (1995-’99) 499 carries for 2,599 yards, 5.2 ypc. This brusier bulldozed his way into UofL’s record books while splitting time between Coach Cooper and John L. He helped the offense out-score the opposition to enable the Cards to go to the Motor City and Humanitarian Bowls. He briefly played for the Kansas City Chiefs.
1. Michael Bush (2003-’06) 435 carries for 2,514 yards, 5.8 ypc. Another hometown product who wanted to put his on stamp on the program. He came in as a Quarterback and left as arguably the best running back in school history. Not only could he run over over people, he could juke them out of their socks. He was a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. Bush put these numbers in just three years….Just think if he didn’t beak his leg; the Cards would have been playing in the BCS National Championship. In his first year with the Chicago Bears, he rushed for 411 yards and 5 TDs while playing numerous injuries. He has surpassed the 3,000-yard mark in the NFL.