The recent dominance from the Alabama Crimson Tide football teams have come on the backs of a few great running backs. So the question arises, who is the greatest running back in Crimson Tide history? I have comprised a list of the top five running backs in Tide history. This list includes on the field performance and overall program impact.
5. Bobby Humphrey: 1985-1988
Career longevity is the top reason that Humphrey cracked this list. He was a four year starter that earned multiple All-American honors and nearly 5,000 total yards from scrimmage. Humphrey was also responsible for putting the ball in the endzone 40 times and leading Alabama to a bowl game in each of his four seasons.
4. Trent Richardson: 2009-2011
The only reason Richardson is not higher on this list is due to the fact that he had to split reps with Mark Ingram in two of his three years playing at Alabama. Richardson was a Heisman finalist and All-American during his lone year starting in Tuscaloosa. He also helped lead the Crimson Tide to two National Championships along with his quarterback AJ McCarron. In 2011, he broke the single season rushing record at Alabama. He finished his career with 3,860 yards on just 608 rushing attempts.
3. Shaun Alexander: 1995-1999
Though Alexander did not have the team success that Richardson achieved, he was a bright light for the Crimson Tide during a dark time. He started in all of his four seasons at Alabama and racked up over 4,000 yards and 49 touchdowns during his career. In his senior season, he helped carry his team to a SEC championship and a birth in the Orange Bowl.
2. Mark Ingram: 2008-2010
Ingram helped build perhaps one of the greatest dynasties in college football history. He helped Nick Saban win his first BCS National Championship against a stout Texas Longhorns football team. In 2009, Ingram became the first player in the storied history of Alabama football to win the Heisman trophy. He ended his career with 3,931 yards and 46 total touchdowns. He was the perfect tool to grind teams away while the defense shut down the opposing offense.
1. Derrick Henry: 2013-2015
The top spot on this list goes to perhaps the most physically gifted player in Alabama history. In 2015, he blew away Trent Richardson’s single season rushing record by nearly 800 yards. His productivity while in Tuscaloosa was unprecedented. He averaged over 6 yards a carry and 42 total touchdowns. Henry became the second player in Alabama history to win the Heisman trophy when he accomplished this feat in 2015. This year’s team could have used him again, but he left school early for the NFL. Henry was the best running back to ever dawn a Crimson Tide helmet.