Establishing UCLA’s Career Rushing Record

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One of the most noteworthy facts about the playing career of UCLA Bruins standout KENNY WASHINGTON (# 13) is that it took 33 years for someone to finally break the consensus All-America left halfback’s school record for career rushing yardage — this particular bullet point becomes all the more impressive when one considers the rapid development of offensive strategies & tactics as well as the elimination of the “single platoon” system of limited substitution that occurred during this very same time span …… the career rushing totals of the UCLA Bruins’ all-time leading ground-gainer at present, JOHNATHAN FRANKLIN (# 23), benefited from the contemporary offensive formations that feature but a single running back far more so than from the additional number of games played as a result of lengthened season schedules.
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ESTABLISHING THE UCLA CAREER RUSHING RECORD
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1,539 yrd …. 5.1 avg … 1933-35 …….. Chuck CHESHIRE
1,914 yrd …. 4.2 avg … 1937-39 ……. Kenny WASHINGTON
2,495 yrd …. 6.7 avg … 1971-73 ……. Kermit JOHNSON
3,181 yrd ….. 6.0 avg … 1973-76 …… Wendell TYLER
3,195 yrd ….. 5.3 avg … 1977-80 …… Freeman MCNEIL
3,731 yrd ….. 5.3 avg … 1984-87 …… Gaston GREEN
4,403 yrd …. 5.6 avg … 2009-12 …… Johnathan FRANKLIN

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UCLA Bruins halfback WENDELL TYLER (# 22), who was taken by the hometown Los Angeles Rams in the third round of the 1977 National Football League Draft, broke Kenny Washington’s long held school record for rushing attempts in a single season as a junior in 1975 and, in doing so, also became the very first player in the Westwood school’s history ever to exceed 1,000 yards rushing in a single season … UCLA Bruins tailback FREEMAN MCNEIL (# 24) was the third overall player chosen when snapped up by the New York Jets in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft, this after the Los Angeles native had done enough to ensure that his predecessor’s reign as the Westwood school’s rushing king was a rather short-lived one.
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UCLA CAREER RUSHING LEADERS
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4,403 yrd … 5.6 avg ……. Johnathan FRANKLIN (2009-12)
3,731 yrd …. 5.3 avg ……. Gaston GREEN (1984-87)
3,195 yrd …. 5.3 avg ……. Freeman MCNEIL (1977-80)
3,194 yrd …. 4.4 avg …… DeShaun FOSTER (1998-01)
3,182 yrd ….. 5.2 avg …… Karim ABDUL-JABBAR (1992-95)
3,181 yrd ….. 6.0 avg …… Wendell TYLER (1973-76)
3,140 yrd …. 4.9 avg …… Skip HICKS (1993-94, 96-97)
2,954 yrd …. 5.5 avg …… Theotis BROWN (1975-78)
2,773 yrd …. 4.7 avg …… Chris MARKEY (2004-07)
2,583 yrd …. 4.5 avg …… Kevin NELSON (1980-83)
2,503 yrd …. 5.2 avg …… Maruice JONES-DREW (2003-05)
2,495 yrd …. 6.7 avg …… Kermit JOHNSON (1971-73)
2,215 yrd …. 5.3 avg …… Kevin WILLIAMS (1989-92)
2,148 yrd …. 5.6 avg …… Paul PERKINS (2013-14)
2,099 yrd …. 4.6 avg …… Brian BROWN (1987-90)
2,074 yrd …. 5.0 avg ….. James OWENS (1975-78)
1,984 yrd …. 4.9 avg …… Eric BALL (1985-88)
1,915 yrd …. 4.2 avg …… Kenny WASHINGTON (1937-39)
1,899 yrd …. 4.9 avg …… Greg JONES (1967-69)
1,814 yrd …. 4.4 avg …… Manuel WHITE (2001-04)
1,813 yrd …. 4.9 avg …… John SCIARRA (1972-75)
1,780 yrd …. 5.2 avg …… Derrick COLEMAN (2008-11)
1,747 yrd …. 3.6 avg …… Brett HUNDLEY (2012-14)
1,741 yrd …. 4.4 avg …… Kahlil BELL (2005-08)
1,716 yrd ….. 6.0 avg …… Mel FARR (1964-66)
1,644 yrd …. 4.1 avg ……. Danny ANDREWS (1981-84)
1,539 yrd ….. 5.3 avg …… Chuck CHESHIRE (1933-35)
1,495 yrd ….. 4.3 avg …… Tyler EBELL (2002-03)
1,492 yrd ….. 5.3 avg …… James MCALISTER (1972-73)
1,458 yrd ….. 4.0 avg …… Paul CAMERON (1951-53)

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UCLA Bruins halfback THEOTIS BROWN (# 27), who became a second round selection of the St. Louis Cardinals at the 1979 National Football League Draft, did not carry the football from scrimmage even one time during his freshman campaign in 1975 (the very same season that saw underdog UCLA dump the unbeaten and untied Ohio State Buckeyes in the annual Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day) but then went on to average an impressive 84.40 yards rushing per game over the course of his last three years with Westwood’s gridiron warriors … It took 34 years for someone to come along and finally unseat UCLA Bruins tailback GASTON GREEN (# 44) as the Westwood school’s career rushing king; however, Green, who was the very first running back chosen at the 1988 NFL Draft when selected in the first round by the hometown Los Angeles Rams, still holds the UCLA school record having rushed for 100 or more yards in a single game a total of twenty times during his distinguished collegiate career.
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UCLA BRUINS CAREER RUSHING LEADERS – YARDS PER GAME
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83.07 yrds per game ….. 53 games …… Johnathan FRANKLIN
82.62 yrds per game ….. 26 games …… Paul PERKINS
77.73 yrds per game ….. 48 games …… Gaston GREEN
71.00 yrds per game ….. 45 games …… Freeman MCNEIL
69.43 yrds per game ….. 46 games …… Deshaun FOSTER
69.22 yrds per game ….. 32 games …… Kermit JOHNSON
69.17 yrds per game ….. 46 games …… Karim ABDUL-JABBAR
69.15 yrds per game ….. 46 games …… Wendell TYLER
68.26 yrds per game ….. 46 games …… Skip HICKS
67.81 yrds per game ….. 22 games …… James MCALISTER
65.87 yrds per game ….. 38 games …… Maurice JONES-DREW
63.30 yrds per game ….. 30 games …… Greg JONES
62.85 yrds per game ….. 47 games …… Theotis BROWN
61.77 yrds per game …… 31 games …… Kenny WASHINGTON
59.80 yrds per game ….. 25 games …… Tyler EBELL

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