Look: The last 26 Auburn 1,000-yard seasons

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Auburn Football earned the nickname “RBU” in the mid-2000s due to its history of producing strong, speedy, and talented running backs, especially in the 1970s, 80s, and 2000s.

After spending a few seasons away from the moniker, Auburn rediscovered its historic past by producing a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time in four seasons.

Sophomore running back Tank Bigsby led the Tigers in rushing with 1,099 yards on 233 attempts in 2021, becoming the first Auburn player to rush for over 1,000 yards since Kerryon Johnson did during the 2017 season, which was also the last time that Auburn won the SEC West.

The lack of a 1,000-yard rusher in 2018 snapped a streak of nine straight seasons where at least one Tiger hit the mark. During that stretch, there were two seasons that Auburn had two players to cross that milestone.

Auburn fans have been fortunate enough to see amazing athletes over the years, especially in the offensive backfield. As we prepare for the 2022 season, Auburn Wire takes a look back at the last 26 Tigers 1,000-yard seasons in Auburn history. Who has the most 1,000 yard rushing seasons? How do some of your favorite players compare to others? Take a look below:

2021- Tank Bigsby

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Rush Yards: 1,099

2017- Kerryon Johnson

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Rush Yards: 1,391

2016- Kam Pettway

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Rush Yards: 1,224

2015- Peyton Barber

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Rush Yards: 1,017

2014- Cameron Artis-Payne

AP Photo/Butch Dill

Rush Yards: 1,608

2013- Tre Mason

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Rush Yards: 1,816

2013- Nick Marshall

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Rush Yards: 1,068

2012- Tre Mason

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Rush Yards: 1,002

2011- Michael Dyer

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Rush Yards: 1,242

2010- Michael Dyer

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rush Yards: 1,093

2010- Cam Newton

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Rush Yards: 1,473

2009- Ben Tate

Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

Rush Yards: 1,362

2005- Kenny Irons

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Rush Yards: 1,293

2004- Cadillac Williams

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Rush Yards: 1,165

2003- Cadillac Williams

AP Photo/Dave Martin

Rush Yards: 1,307

2002- Ronnie Brown

John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Rush Yards: 1,008

2000- Rudi Johnson

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Rush Yards: 1,567

1995- Stephen Davis

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Rush Yards: 1,068

1994- Stephen Davis

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Rush Yards: 1,263

1993- James Bostic

Photo: The Birmingham News

Rush Yards: 1,205

1986- Brent Fullwood

AP Photo/Charles Kelly

Rush Yards: 1,391

1985- Bo Jackson

Manny Rubio-USA TODAY Sports

Rush Yards: 1,786

1983- Bo Jackson

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1980- James Brooks

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Rush Yards: 1,314 yards

1979- Joe Cribbs

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Rush Yards: 1,120

1979- James Brooks

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Rush Yards: 1,208