(5) Tony Sands
Amassing 3777 yards on 777 carries, Tony Sands was one of the few bright spots over the 4 year period from 1988-1991. In his final season, he led the Big Eight in yards from scrimmage, rushing yards and rushing attempts, being named the Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year and also to the All-Big Eight First Team and Third Team All-America.
His most well-known game came against the Missouri Tigers in 1991, when he set the NCAA record for most yards in a single game with 396 yards and 4 touchdowns. The record stood for 8 seasons. He is still second on the career rushing yards list at KU and third in rushing TDs.
Sands was one of the first athletes profiled in our “Know Your KU History” series, and you can check out more of his accomplishments there.
(12) Jake Sharp
Sharp’s stats are nowhere near as impressive as Sands’, but he also played during the better years of the Mark Mangino era, where the offense was balanced and the ball was being slung all over the place. His best year came in that Orange Bowl season, when he rushed for 860 yards and 12 TDs. He still sits at 5th all-time in the KU record books for rushing TDs.
He went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, signing with the Wichita Wild of the Indoor Football League for the 2011 season. After finishing his career, he helped found the Salina Bombers, an indoor football team that played for nearly 3 seasons before folding.
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