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Big 12 All-Decade Team | Running Back

M. Hofeld


Here’s where the rubber meets the road so to speak with making all-decade selections. Being a site from Oklahoma, and selecting players from the two Big 12 universities in the state, puts us in prime position for accusations of homerism. We get that and we’re willing to live with those consequences because we truly believe the best running backs that we’ve seen over the last ten years have played in the Bedlam game.

That said, we’d love to know who you would replace our selections with. Hit us up in the comments section below.

Chuba Hubbard – Oklahoma State

How good has Chuba Hubbard been? So good that he made our list and still has one season of college football ahead of him. Bursting out of the shadows of Justice Hill in 2019, Hubbard eclipsed two thousand yards (2,094) at a pace of 6.4 yards per carry in his first season as Oklahoma State’s primary running back.

The Big 12 has seen a number of talented running backs over the last few decades, even dating back to the Big 8 days (Barry Sanders, anyone?), and the last 10 years were no different. Both state schools (OU & OSU) have produced some of the best rushers in college football history, and many have gone on to successful NFL careers. Chuba Hubbard is a guy who has quickly built his reputation in college, and before long, he will be displaying his talent on Sundays.

After rushing for 740 yards and 7 touchdowns as a freshman (2018), Hubbard led the nation his sophomore season (2019) with 2094 yards on the ground and 21 scores. Only 35 players in NCAA history—Hubbard included—have ever broken the 2000-yard rushing mark.

Needless to say, Hubbard made his mark on the last decade of football, and now that he is set to return to Stillwater this fall, he will attempt to make his mark on this next decade as well. 

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Samaje Perine

They may have pronounced his name wrong on the day he was drafted by the Washington Redskins but Big 12 fans certainly know it, especially the ones in Lawrence, Kansas.

Eclipsing the four thousand yard barrier in three seasons at Oklahoma, Perine became the all-time leading rusher in program history (4,122), surpassing the great Billy Sims, on January 2, 2017 when the Sooners beat Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.

On November 22, 2014, Perine (a freshman) set the single-game NCAA rushing record with a 427 yard performance against Kansas. He also scored six touchdowns in that game.

Honorable Mention

Justice Hill – Oklahoma State | Before the rise of Chuba Hubbard it was Justice Hill leading the OSU rushing attack. In three seasons of college football he ran for 3,539 yards and 30 touchdowns at a pace of 5.6 yards per carry. He also caught 49 passes for an average of 6.2 yards per reception.

Hill was named a All-Big 12 First Team in 2017 and 2018. The 2017 season was his best for Oklahoma State. As a sophomore he ran for 1,467 yards that season.

DeMarco Murray – Oklahoma | Oklahoma’s current running backs coach barely qualifies for the all-decade team but his 2010 season puts him on the list. That season he ran for a career-high 1,214 yards and 15 touchdowns while also catching 71 passes for 594 yards and 5 touchdowns.

He left Norman with 65 career touchdowns, making him just the fifth player in Big 12 conference history to score at least 60 career touchdowns.

That’s it for our fullback selections. Let us know where we hit or missed.

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  1. Perine 3rd best RB for Oklahoma this decade. Behind Murray and Mixon. May be even behind Anderson if he stayed healthy.

    1. That’s a fair point about Anderson. I believe he would have been extremely special had he been able to stay healthy.

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