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Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Ranking the best season by a running back in BYU history

By Jay Yeomans, For the Deseret News

Published: Thu, July 31 5:40 p.m. MDT

 Luke Staley celebrates after breaking a school record, scoring his 41st career touchdown during second-half action as Colorado State faces BYU at Lavell  Edwards Stadium in Provo Thursday, November 1, 2001.  Photo by Jason Olson

Luke Staley celebrates after breaking a school record, scoring his 41st career touchdown during second-half action as Colorado State faces BYU at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo Thursday, November 1, 2001. Photo by Jason Olson

(JASON OLSON, )

College football is just around the corner, and the BYU Cougars should have an excellent running game once again. After a solid freshman campaign, Jamaal Williams took a huge step forward and was able to put up one of the best statistical seasons by a running back that the Cougars have ever had. With more expected from the junior phenom in 2014, it is the perfect time to recognize the best seasons by a back before he takes another shot at them. When doing these rankings, what each player did on the field in the running and passing game as well as what he meant to the offense in general was factored in.

Here is a look at the 25 best seasons by a running back ever at BYU

All stats and award information from BYUCougars.com.

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The best season by a running back in BYU history: Luke Staley, of course

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2. statman
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It wasn't a knee injury. It was a foot/ankle injury.

3. BlueCoug
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statman

You're right, it was a knee injury that ended his NFL career.

4. ManInTheMiddle
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Staley is BY FAR the best running back BYU has ever had. I hope he can resolve the issues he has with the program and come back into the fold. The program made some mistakes - they should acknowledge them and offer him an apology. Would love to see Luke around the program more often - he'd be such a great asset.