Indiana Football: Five Best Running Backs in School History

Indiana has had its fair share of running backs. These are the five best.

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Vaughn Dunbar

It's the visor. That's why Vaughn Dunbar makes this list. During that era of football, he was one of the first running backs to wear a visor and make it look cool. If Eric Dickerson had the trademark goggles, Dunbar had the visor. Oh, he was also one heck of a running back too. ,

Dunbar was one of the better players of the Bill Mallory era. Head coach Bill Mallory, Dunbar, and running back Anthony Thompson (who is on this list) brought national attention to Indiana football's program for the first time in over a decade.

Dunbar was meant to be a Hoosier. Indiana-born and bred, he was a standout at Fort Wayne Snider High School. Dunbar began his college football career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. He would spend just two years at Indiana, but what two years they were.

Dunbar ran for over 3,000 yards in his career, good for seventh all-time. His 1,891 rushing yards in 1991 was the single-season record until Tevin Coleman broke the record in 2014. Also that year, Dunbar was a consensus All-American, Jim Brown Award recipient, and finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting.