Apr 12, 2014; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini offensive coordinator Bill Cubit before the spring game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

41 Days Until Illinois Fighting Illini Season Opener

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Welcome to our Countdown to Kickoff series!  In this series, we’ll do roster previews as we count down the days until the Illinois Fighting Illini August 30th season opener against Youngstown State.

We are now 41 days away from the Illinois Fighting Illini season opener, and yet another day that features a number not worn by an Illini player in 2014.

Today, we continue our countdown to the season opener by taking a look at the single season team records in the rushing game for the Fighting Illini. After a solid season in 2013, some Illinois fans are wondering whether or not junior running back Josh Ferguson will be a slightly bigger part of the offense for Bill Cubit in 2014 due to the fact that the Illini will be featuring a new starting quarterback.

Here are the single season team rushing records for Illinois:

Top 10 Season Rushing Yardage

1. Mikel Leshoure (2010) – 1,697
2. Rashad Mendenhall (2007) – 1,681
3. Antoineo Harris (2002) – 1,330
4. Robert Holcombe (1996) – 1,281
5. Jim Grabowski (1965) – 1,258
6. J.C. Caroline (1953) – 1,256
7. Robert Holcombe (1997) – 1,253
8. Keith Jones (1988) – 1,196
9. Howard Griffith (1990) – 1,115
10. Thomas Rooks (1984) – 1,056

Top 10 Season Rushing Touchdowns

T1. Mikel Leshoure (2010) – 17
T1. Rashad Mendenhall (2007) – 17
3. Howard Griffin (1990) – 15
4. Johnny Karras (1951) – 13
T5. Robert Holcombe (1996) – 12
T5. Red Grange (1924) – 12
7. Keith Jones (1988) – 11
T8. Steve Havard (1999) – 10
T8. Jim Grabowski (1964) – 10
T10. Ty Douthard (1994) – 9
T10. Howard Griffith (1989) – 9
T10. Chubby Phillips (1974) – 9

Top 10 Season 100-Yard Rushing Games

1. Mikel Leshoure (2010) – 9
2. Rashad Mendenhall (2007) – 8
T3. Jim Grabowski (1965) – 6
T3. J.C. Caroline (1953) – 6
T5. Antoineo Harris (2002) – 5
T5. Robert Holcombe (1997) – 5
T5. Robert Holcombe (1996) – 5
T5. Robert Holcombe (1995) – 5
T5. Rich Johnson (1968) – 5
T5. Jim Grabowski (1964) – 5

Be on the lookout for our Countdown to Kickoff series as we continue to work our way to the season opener on August 30th.

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