Alabama Football: Crimson Tide Top 10 All-Time Rushers

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No. 5 Kenneth Darby (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)

  • Career Rushing – 3,324 yards on 702 carries
  • Career Yards-Per-Carry average of 4.7 yards
  • 2005 First-team All-SEC

For the Alabama Crimson Tide, Kenneth Darby was a workhorse. The Alabama offenses during the four-year period were inconsistent, with talent at skill positions but weakness on the offensive lines. Little used in his freshmen season, Darby’s heavy workload resulted in over 200 carries in each of his last three seasons.

In six games of the Crimson Tide’s 2006 season, the Alabama offense was unable to produce more than 16 points in a game. In average points scored per game, the 2006 Alabama Crimson Tide was No. 68 among all FBS teams. The result was a 6-7 season and the end of Mike Shula’s Alabama Crimson Tide coaching career.

It can be argued that with a better offense, Kenneth Darby would have become the Crimson Tide’s all-time career rushing yards leader. It can certainly be said he had to break a disproportionately high number of tackles.

Kenneth Darby played four NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Bucs and the St. Louis Rams.