The All-RSS Team: Running back

Robin Washut, Senior Writer
Husker Online

There will always be endless debates over who are the greatest Nebraska football players of all time, so decided to let our members settle it for themselves.

By voting for the top Huskers at each position, we will assemble our very own All-RSS Team. Today we look at the final voting results for the running backs.


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1. Lawrence Phillips - 937 votes (32.5%)

Lawrence Phillips was one of the most polarizing and controversial players in Nebraska football history, but there is no denying just how talented he was during his time with the Huskers.

Phillips was one of the most dominant rushers in school history, amassing 1,818 yards as a sophomore to help led NU to a national title in 1994. He was the Heisman Trophy frontrunner to start the '95 season, but a domestic violence arrest after the second week led to him being suspended for the next six games.

Phillips returned to action later in the year and had one of his most memorable performances in his final game as a Husker, rushing for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries and caught a touchdown pass in a 62-24 rout of Florida in the national championship.

He would forego his senior season and end up being selected No. 6 overall by the St. Louis Rams, but Phillips' career and life off the field would continue to spiral. In January of 2016, Phillips was found dead in his Kern Valley State Prison cell at the age of 40.


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2. Mike Rozier - 828 votes (28.7%)

One of Nebraska's three Heisman Trophy winners, Mike Rozier rushed for a school-record 2,148 yards and 29 touchdowns in 1983.

His 4,780 career rushing yards (on 7.2 yards per carry) are also tops in school history.

Rozier is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and was one of six Huskers named to Sports Illustrated's 85-player All-Century team.

Though he never won a national title, Rozier's incredibly dominant final two seasons in Lincoln made him an all-time Nebraska football icon.


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3. Ahman Green - 674 votes (23.4%)

Ahman Green took home a pair of national titles, helping the Huskers' reach college football's ultimate stage in 1995 and 1997.

He was a Doak Walker award finalist and a second-team All-American in 1997, during which he ran for 1,925 yards and 22 touchdowns, gaining 7.8 yards per rush.

Green sits second on NU's all-time rushing chart with 3,880 yards despite leaving school after three seasons.

The Seattle Seahawks made him a third-round pick, and Green went on to play in five Pro Bowls in 10 seasons, many of which came with the Green Bay Packers. Green is the Packers' all-time leading rusher (8,322 yards).

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