Jay Yeomans

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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

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Years at Utah: 2011-12

White spent two seasons at the University of Utah and rushed for more than 1,000 yards each season. His best season came his junior year, when he broke the Utah single-season rushing record by amassing 1,519 yards to go along with 15 touchdowns. White also caught 13 passes for 44 yards and two more scores. Those totals placed him second in the PAC-12 in rushing and third in rushing touchdowns.

For his career at the U., White rushed for 2,560 yards and 23 touchdowns as well as 28 receptions for 167 yards and three more scores.

Not bad for a 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back.
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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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