How do Vols rank among SEC career rushing leaders?

With Georgia headed to Neyland Stadium, we’re bound to see a couple of Herschel Walker references. He’s the SEC’s all-time rushing leader with 5,259 yards, accomplished in only three seasons.
With that in mind, I’d been wondering how Tennessee running backs stood up in the pantheon of great SEC rushers. Surprisingly, not that well.
The Vols have had as many great running backs as any other SEC program. For whatever reasons, they don’t rank statistically with the greats.

Travis Henry is Tennessee’s career rushing leader with 3,078 yards, UT’s only 3,000-yard gainer. He ranks 26th on the SEC career chart. Every school except Ole Miss has at least one back with more career yards than Henry. Deuce McAllister tops the Rebs with 3,060.

Arian Foster, UT’s No. 2 guy, ranks 35th. James Stewart, No. 3 for the Vols, ranks 39th, followed by Johnnie Jones at No. 41.

Henry is Tennessee’s all-time leader despite gaining only 4 yards as a freshman in 1997. Jamal Lewis was The Man then.

In Stewart’s case, he had to share carries with Charlie Garner (2,091 yards) and Aaron Hayden (2,061 yards). Garner, not Stewart, led the team in rushing in 1992 and 1993.

Below is a list of the SEC’s 41 leading rushers. It excludes expansion schools unless the runner played during the SEC era. Texas A&M, for example, has produced five 3,000-yard rushers but none since joining the SEC. Darren Lewis (1987-90) tops the Aggies with 5,012.
Missouri has three 3,000-yarders but none as an SEC member. Brad Smith, a quarterback, heads the Tigers with 4,289 yards. South Carolina’s all-time king, George Rogers, gained 5,204 in the 1980s. Arkansas had two other 3,000-yard men before entering the SEC.

1. Herschel Walker, Georgia, (1980-82)… 5,259
2. Darren McFadden, Arkansas (2005-07) …4,590
3. Kevin Faulk, LSU (1995-98) … 4,557
4. Bo Jackson, Auburn (1982-85) … 4,303
5. Errict Rhett, Florida (1990-93) … 4,163
6. Dalton Hilliard, LSU (1982-85) … 4,050
7. Charles Alexander, LSU (1975-78) … 4,035
8. Anthony Dixon, Miss. St., (2006-09) … 3,994
9. Emmitt Smith, Florida (1987-89) … 3,928
10. Sonny Collins, Kentucky (1972-75) … 3,835
11. Carnell Williams, Auburn (2001-04) … 3,831
12. Shaun Alexander, Alabama (1996-99) … 3,565
13. James Brooks, Auburn (1977-80) … 3,523
14. Bobby Humphrey, Alabama (1985-88) … 3,420
15. Joe Cribbs, Auburn (1976-79) … 3,368.
16. Moe Williams, Kentucky (1993-95) … 3,333
17. Todd Gurley, Georgia (2012-14) … 3,285
18. Kenneth Darby, Alabama (2003-06) … 3,329
19. TJ Yeldon, Alabama (2012-14) … 3,322
20. Ben Tate, Auburn (2006-09) … 3,321
21. Mark Ingram, Alabama (2008-10) … 3,261
22. Neal Anderson, Florida … 3,234
23. Garrison Heart, Georgia … 3,232
24. Jerrious Norwood, Miss. St. … 3,212
25. Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt … 3,143
26. Trent Richardson, Alabama … 3,130
27. Travis Henry, Tennessee … 3,078
28. Fred Taylor, Florida … 3,075
29. Earnest Graham, Florida … 3,065
30. Deuce McAllister, Ole Miss … 3,060
31. Brandon Bennett, S. Carolina … 3,055
32. Cedric Cobbs, Arkansas … 3,018
33. Lars Tate, Georgia … 3,017
34. Rafael Little, Kentucky … 2,996
35. Arian Foster, Tennessee … 2,964
36. Felix Jones, Arkansas … 2,956
37. Tim Tebow, Florida … 2,947
38. Mark Higgs, Kentucky … 2,892
39. James Stewart, Tennessee … 2,890
40. Harvey Williams, LSU … 2,860
41. Johnnie Jones, Tennessee … 2,852

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