Texas RB Bijan Robinson closing in on some historic names

It is quite possible that Friday’s matchup with Baylor could be the last time we see Bijan Robinson put on the Burnt Orange in a regular season game. The five-star signee in the 2020 recruiting class has been as advertised for the Texas Longhorns.

This season Robinson is the No. 6 rusher in FBS with 1,401 yards. His yards per rush average of 6.12 ranks No. 18 among rushers with at least 100 carries. Bijan’s 16 rushing touchdowns put him No. 5 this season behind four players tied at 18.

It isn’t just the national rankings this season either, Robinson has been among the best in Texas Longhorns history. Not too shabby considering he has worn the same jersey as Ricky Williams, Earl Campbell, Cedric Benson, Jamaal Charles, and Eric Metcalf.

With just two games remaining, it could be three depending on how the final week of Big 12 games play out, Robinson could finish top five in several categories. He won’t win a Heisman like Williams or Campbell, but he could take home the Doak Walker Award given to the nation’s top running back. Time will tell if he joins Williams, Cedric Benson, and D’Onta Foreman as Texas Longhorns who won the award.

Rushing Yards

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Bijan Robinson needs just 97 yards to tie Jamaal Charles for No. 4 all-time in rushing yards.

  • Ricky Williams (1995-98), 6,279

  • Cedric Benson (2001-04), 5,540

  • Earl Campbell (1974-17), 4,443

  • Jamaal Charles (2005-07), 3,328

  • Bijan Robinson (2020-22), 3,231

Rushing Touchdowns

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Robinson is just two rushing touchdowns away from tying Sam Ehlinger for No. 8 all-time. Ehlinger is tied with Jim Bertelsen.

  • Ricky Williams (1995-98), 72

  • Cedric Benson (2001-04), 64

  • Earl Campbell (1974-77), 40

  • Vince Young (2003-05), 37

  • Jamaal Charles (2005-07), 36

  • Steve Worster (1968-70), 36

  • Cody Johnson (2008-11), 36

  • Jim Bertelsen (1969-71), 33

  • Sam Ehlinger (2017-20), 33

  • Bijan Robinson (2020-22), 31

Yards from Scrimmage

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Bijan is currently less than 100 yards from passing both Eric Metcalf and Roy Williams for No. 4 all-time in yards from scrimmage.

  • Ricky Williams (1995-98): 7,206

  • Cedric Benson (2001-04): 6,161

  • Earl Campbell (1974-77): 4,571

  • Roy Williams (2000-03): 4,109

  • Eric Metcalf (1985-88): 4,051

  • Bijan Robinson (2020-22): 4,036

Total Touchdowns

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Robinson could climb as high as No. 3 passing Texas legend Earl Campbell with three more touchdowns.

  • Ricky Williams (1995-98): 75

  • Cedric Benson (2001-04): 67

  • Earl Campbell (1974-77): 41

  • Bijan Robinson (2020-22): 39

  • Roy Williams (2000-03): 39

  • Jamaal Charles (2005-07): 39

Best running back duos

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There have been some dynamic duos in Texas Longhorns’ history. The combination of Bijan and Roschon has been among the best.

  • Earl Campbell/Ham Jones (1977): 2,233 Yards & 24 TDs

  • Shon Mitchell/Ricky Williams (1995): 2.089 Yards & 18 TDs

  • Chris Gilbert/Steve Worster (1968): 1,938 Yards & 26 TDs

  • Ricky Williams/Shon Mitchell (1996): 1,896 Yards & 24 TDs

  • Bijan Robinson/Roschon Johnson (2022): 1,878 Yards & 19 TDs

  • Eric Metcalf/Darron Norris (1987): 1,796 Yards & 13 TDs

  • Bijan Robinson/Roschon Johnson (2021): 1,696 Yards & 16 TDs

Story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire