Top Five Rushing Quarterbacks in NCAA History
Denard Robinson, quarterback of the Michigan Wolverines, recently became the all-time leading rusher for quarterbacks in Big 10 history as he passed Antwaan Randle El during a Wolverine win last week over the Purdue Boilermakers. With that said, it feels as if it's time to produce an updated list of the top rushing signal-callers of all-time in college football.
Sure the NFL is becoming more and more of a passing league, but on Saturdays, the duel-threat QB is becoming more prevalent. College Football is still moving further in the direction of the hybrid-quarterback, who can not only hurt you through the air, but on the ground as well.
Being a fan of a squad that features a mobile quarterback tends to be a love/hate relationship. At least in my life of being a sports fanatic it has. We love to see our quarterback take off when the play breaks down and hit the sideline with running-back type speed. We love when our rushing quarterback can use the play-action boot and find the pylon on his feet for a touchdown. However, on the next play-action, when our duel-threat leader airs out a fluttering, piss-poor pass, we get angry.
Let me preface my comments. Not all mobile quarterbacks are inept when throwing the rock but the majority of them wouldn't consider their arm their best weapon.
The picture above is a tribute to one of the OG's (original gangsters) of the rushing quarterbacks, Randall Cunningham. Cunningham didn't make my top five list but he was one of the first QB's to start successfully pounding the ball on the ground as he lead the UNLV Rebels to an 11-2 season back in the day. He went on to become the NFL's leading rusher at the position. Shout out to you Randall Cunningham.
When compiling this list, I took into consideration team success, "wow" factor, winning hardware, and some good old statistics. Feel free to rant below and let me know what you agree or disagree with.
#5 Cam Newton
Cam Newton only played one full season for the Auburn Tigers, but I can't hold that against him. It was a filthy good season which is why Cammy is on my list. In 2010, Newton won the Heisman and lead the Tigers to a National Championship victory over the Oregon Ducks. He totaled 1473 yards on the ground and rushed for 20 touchdowns. Surely one of the best duel-threat quarterbacks of all-time.
#4 Pat White
Pat White existed before Geno Smith did for the West Virginia Mountaineers. White nearly took the Mountaineers to a National Championship game but fell just short his senior season. He is currently the NCAA Division I leader in rushing yards for quarterbacks with 4480 yards, certainly enough to land him on my list. Did I also mention he had 47 rushing touchdowns? Well done Sir White.
#3 Denard Robinson
Denard Robinson is on the verge of becoming the leading quarterback rusher in the history of college football. The dreadlocks donning Wolverine only needs 575 yards to catch Pat White and he has plenty of games left to do it. Robinson holds the single season record for rushing yards in a season with 1702. Although he didn't lead Michigan to the promise land, he did ignite the Big House several times throughout his career. Robinson is arguably the fastest quarterback in history, and he did so without tying his cleats.
#2 Vince Young
Vince Young was a monster during his career as a Texas Longhorn. Young, 6'6, made running down the sidelines look effortless. He lead the Longhorns to an undefeated regular season, topped off with an epic performance in their win over the USC Trojans in the National Championship. Vince totaled 3127 rushing yards, with 37 touchdowns.
#1 Tim Tebow
Say what you want about Tim Tebow, but the man did it all in his college career for the Florida Gators. Tebow didn't have the speed that these other cats had, but he had the vision, heart, power and durability to find the end-zone more than anyone. He is the SEC's leading quarterback rusher with 2947 yards, and recorded an absurd 57 career rushing touchdowns. Timmy also did it against SEC opposition. Hardware? Check. Tebow won the Heisman trophy in 2007. National Championship? Check, check. He has two BCS Championships. Like I said, he did it all.
Honorable Mentions - Brad Smith, Eric Crouch, Michael Vick, Antwaan Randle El