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Commentary: The 15 best rushers in BYU history

Published: Tuesday, July 28 2015 8:10 a.m. MDT

Brigham Young Cougars running back JJ Di Luigi runs into the endzone for a touchdown as Brigham Young University faces Idaho State in NCAA football in Provo, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars running back JJ Di Luigi runs into the endzone for a touchdown as Brigham Young University faces Idaho State in NCAA football in Provo, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

With names such as McMahon, Detmer, Bosco and Young at the helm, BYU has long been known for its aerial attack. For that reason, many seem to forget how many great rushers the Cougars have had over the years. Now that Robert Anae is once again offensive coordinator, there could be many more.

With that in mind, today we take a look back and rank the 15 best rushers in BYU history.

Yards, touchdowns and yards per carry were a few factors in this ranking, but I also looked at style and substance, power and speed, nimbleness and the ability to break tackles. This list is meant to be based only on a player’s ability as a rusher and not his total game.

There are more than just running backs that make this list. Restricting the ranking would short-change the great running quarterbacks at BYU. A list like this is not complete without them.

Brian McKenzie makes a long run. Hawaii at BYU football Oct. 18, 1997. (RAVELL CALL, Deseret News) Brian McKenzie makes a long run. Hawaii at BYU football Oct. 18, 1997. (RAVELL CALL, Deseret News)

Here's my breakdown of the top 15 BYU rushers of all time, beginning with Peter Tuipulotu.

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