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Old 06-05-2009, 04:45 PM
 
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I think Marion Barber and Lawrence Maroney at Minnesota were the only backfield to put up 1000 yds each in consecutive years
Chris Brown and Demarco Murray each rushed for over 1000 yds in the same season. (2008 OU)
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:09 PM
 
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It has to be hands down Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas. No other RB tandem could hold a candle to them in the NFL.
Well, that's a tough one to argue with. However, here's another one that's worth discussing: James Brooks, Joe Cribbs, and William Andrews at Auburn in the late 70s. Here are their NFL stats:

James Brooks -- 7,962 rushing yds, 3,621 receiving yds
Joe Cribbs -- 5,356 rushing yds, 2,199 receiving yds
William Andrews -- 5,986 rushing yrds, 2,647 receiving yds

So, these three players combined yielded 19,304 rushing yds and 8,467 passing yds for a total of 27,771 yds.

Throw in Bo Jackson, Stephen Davis, Rudi Johnson, Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown, Brent Fullwood, Lionel James, Tommie Agee, Brandon Jacobs, Kenny Irons, and Tony Richardson, and you can make the case that Auburn has provided a ton of quality backs to the NFL in the past 30 years
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:29 AM
 
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Why, Tommie Frazier/Lawrence Phillips/Cory Schlsinger, of course.
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Old 07-05-2009, 06:57 PM
 
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Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders were prolific.

Ding, Ding Ding....We have a winner!!!
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:49 PM
 
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Great

Eric Dickerson and Craig James, anyone?
Yes. I remember watching those SMU offenses absolutely destroy opposing defenses.
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:11 PM
 
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i wouldn't say the best, but certainly my favorite since i am a michigan fan is tim biakabatuka and tyrone wheatley
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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damn, can't believe I forgot that one. that is probably the best of all time if you look at how prolific each back was as a pro.
Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders were the best, IMO. BOTH were prolific in the NFL.
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:56 AM
 
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I guess some folks are looking at what these guys became in the NFL, but the thread title says COLLEGE football history.

If thats the case I'd have to go with Barber & Maroney (College numbers only). They were dual 1000+ yard backs in the same backfield in consecutive years. MONSTERS!
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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West Point during the war years had some of Army's greatest teams ever and certainly their 1945 backfield should be considered. Blanchard and Davis were classmates and never lost a college game while playing at the academy 44, 45, and 46. I think another point to consider is many of the players in college football back then played both offense and defense. Quite remarkable when you think about it.
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:34 PM
 
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also, willis mcgahee and frank gore.
in my opinion this is the correct answer, 2001 Miami.

not just because of mcgahee and gore...but because neither were starters
Clinton Portis and Najeh Davenport were.

and 5th string was sweetness' son Jarrett Payton.


what a team. you want to key on the run? they got andre johnson and shockey too. and their defense was just as stacked.

1 of the 2 most all-around talented college teams of all time, in my humble opinion anyway (1980 pittsburgh being the other)
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