Jay Yeomans

For the Deseret News


Commentary: Ranking the top 15 Utah Utes running backs of the past 35 years

By Jay Yeomans

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21 2013 2:45 p.m. MDT

Over the past 35 years the Utes have had a long line of solid running backs. There have been power backs and guys who could be used for a change of pace. There have been players who needed to shoulder the load as well as great backs who have had to split time because the stable was so deep and talented.

This is a top-15 list of the best running backs at the University of Utah over the past three and a half decades. The rankings are based on what each running back did during his time on the hill and nowhere else.

Note: For these players, junior college and NFL stats have not been taken into account. Players' stats do include bowl games.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator of and lone contributor to the blog jmoney34sports.wordpress.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com

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Saint George, UT

Good list. I wasn't around for Eddie Johnson so I have a hard time putting him at the top. In my book, John White IV is the greatest runningback in Utah history. I think Matt Asiata deserves a spot on this list and you could make a case for Marty Johnson as well.

Sandy, UT

My favorite Del "popcorn" rogers for one play. On Utah's first play from scrimmage at what was then Cougar stadium he carried the ball over 70 yards for a touchdown. Stunning a highly favored Cougar team and silencing the home fans.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

I'm glad to see Mike Anderson here.

Not only was he a bruising, productive back, his story is all the more remarkable because he played in his high school band instead of on the football team and then spent several years in the Marine Corps and a couple more playing JC ball before Coach McBride gave him a chance. For those reasons he'll always be at or near the top of my favorites list.

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