NFL Year-by-Year Yards per Rushing Attempt Leaders

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Leaders Table
Year Player Y/A Tm
2016Devonta Freeman (24)6.3ATL
2015Thomas Rawls (22)5.6SEA
2014Russell Wilson (25)7.2SEA
2013Andre Ellington (24)5.5ARI
2012Robert Griffin (22)6.8WAS
2011Cam Newton (22)5.6CAR
2010Michael Vick (30)6.8PHI
2009Felix Jones (22)5.9DAL
2009Jamaal Charles (22)5.9KAN
2008Derrick Ward (28)5.6NYG
2007Jerious Norwood (24)6.0ATL
2006Michael Vick (26)8.4ATL
2005Michael Vick (25)5.9ATL
2004Michael Vick (24)7.5ATL
2003Clinton Portis (22)5.5DEN
2002Michael Vick (22)6.9ATL
2001Marshall Faulk+ (28)5.3STL
2000Marshall Faulk+ (27)5.4STL
1999Marshall Faulk+ (26)5.5STL
1998Terrell Davis (25)5.1DEN
1998Garrison Hearst (27)5.1SFO
1997Steve McNair (24)6.7TEN
1996Napoleon Kaufman (23)5.8OAK
1995Charlie Garner (23)5.4PHI
1994Barry Sanders+ (26)5.7DET
1993Emmitt Smith+ (24)5.3DAL
1992Heath Sherman (25)5.2PHI
1991Thurman Thomas+ (25)4.9BUF
1990Randall Cunningham (27)8.0PHI
1989Randall Cunningham (26)6.0PHI
1988Ickey Woods (22)5.3CIN
1987Darrin Nelson (28)4.9MIN
1986James Brooks (27)5.3CIN
1985Stump Mitchell (26)5.5STL
1985Gerry Ellis (27)5.5GNB
1984Hokie Gajan (25)6.0NOR
1983Mosi Tatupu (28)5.5NWE
1982Freeman McNeil (23)5.2NYJ
1981Tony Nathan (24)5.3MIA
1980Earl Campbell+ (25)5.2HOU
1979Wendell Tyler (24)5.1RAM
1978Ted McKnight (24)6.0KAN
1977Walter Payton+ (23)5.5CHI
1976Don Calhoun (24)5.6NWE
1975O.J. Simpson+ (28)5.5BUF
1974Otis Armstrong (23)5.3DEN
1973Mercury Morris (26)6.4MIA
1972Bobby Douglass (25)6.9CHI
1971Larry Csonka+ (24)5.4MIA
1970Duane Thomas (23)5.3DAL
1969Carl Garrett (22)5.0BOS
1969Floyd Little+ (27)5.0DEN
1969Tony Baker (24)4.8NOR
1968Gale Sayers+ (25)6.2CHI
1968Charlie Smith (22)5.3OAK
1967Brad Hubbert (26)5.5SDG
1967Leroy Kelly+ (25)5.1CLE
1966Leroy Kelly+ (24)5.5CLE
1966Mike Garrett (22)5.4KAN
1966Bert Coan (26)5.4KAN
1965Timmy Brown (28)5.4PHI
1965Paul Lowe (28)5.0SDG
1965Mack Lee Hill (25)5.0KAN
1964Mack Lee Hill (24)5.5KAN
1964Jim Brown+ (28)5.2CLE
1963Keith Lincoln (24)6.5SDG
1963Jim Brown+ (27)6.4CLE
1962Wray Carlton (25)5.6BUF
1962Amos Marsh (23)5.6DAL
1961Lenny Moore+ (27)7.0BAL
1961Billy Cannon (24)4.7HOU
1961Abner Haynes (23)4.7DTX
1960Paul Lowe (23)6.3LAC
1960John David Crow (25)5.9STL
1959Nick Pietrosante (21)5.9DET
1958Lenny Moore+ (24)7.3BAL
1957Lenny Moore+ (23)5.0BAL
1956Lenny Moore+ (22)7.5BAL
1955Rick Casares (24)5.4CHI
1954Tank Younger (26)6.7RAM
1953Skeets Quinlan (25)7.3RAM
1952Hugh McElhenny+ (23)7.0SFO
1951Tobin Rote (23)6.9GNB
1950Marion Motley+ (30)5.8CLE
1949Joe Perry+ (22)6.8SFO
1949Bosh Pritchard (29)6.0PHI
1948Johnny Strzykalski (26)6.5SFO
1948Charley Trippi+ (25)5.4CRD
1947Johnny Strzykalski (25)6.3SFO
1947Johnny Clement (27)5.2PIT
1946Vic Kulbitski (25)6.2BUF
1946Fred Gehrke (28)5.2RAM
1945Fred Gehrke (27)6.3RAM
1944Ward Cuff (32)5.6NYG
1944Steve Van Buren+ (23)5.6PHI
1943Ward Cuff (31)6.5NYG
1942Merl Condit (25)5.0BKN
1941Bill Osmanski (25)5.3CHI
1940Dick Todd (25)5.4WAS
1939Joe Maniaci (25)7.1CHI
1938Cecil Isbell (23)5.2GNB
1937Ernie Caddel (26)5.6DET
1936Ernie Caddel (25)6.4DET
1935Ernie Caddel (24)5.2DET
1934Beattie Feathers (25)8.4CHI
1933Cliff Battles+ (23)5.4BOS
1932Bob Campiglio (62)4.8SIS
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