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Ron Dayne

 Ron Dayne's Legacy
 Dayne by the Numbers
6,397: NCAA career rushing record set by Dayne on a 31-yard run vs. Iowa on Nov. 13, 1999. It broke the one-year old mark of 6,279 set by Ricky Williams of Texas
378: number of points scored by Dayne in his career; ranking fifth in NCAA history for non-kickers
339: Dayne's single-game yardage figure recorded against Hawaii (1996) in just three quarters. He left the game with 1:46 left in the third period. At the time, that total was the second-best in NCAA history for a freshman
148.8: Average yards per game rushing by Dayne in his career which ranks fifth in NCAA marks
50.1: percentage of his total yards Dayne garnered after contact (YAC yards)
48: number of school records Dayne held when he graduated from Wisconsin
29: number of times Dayne out-rushed the opposing team in 43 career starts
11: games of 200-plus rushing yards, tying the NCAA record set by Marcus Allen (USC) and Ricky Williams (Texas)
5.48: average yards per carry over Dayne's career
4: number of seasons Dayne rushed for more than 1000 yards, tying the NCAA record
3: years that Dayne led the Big Ten in rushing. No other player in Big Ten history has led the league in rushing three times
37-13: Wisconsin's record during Dayne's career


What Ron Dayne accomplished at the University of Wisconsin was simply remarkable. In essence, he defined the Badgers' football program during his four-year career (1996-99) with his physical play, no-nonsense approach and blue-collar work ethic for a program which averaged 9.3 wins per season, claimed two Big Ten titles and won the Rose Bowl twice during his illustrious career.

• College football's all-time leading rusher with 6,397 yards (excluding bowl games)

• First player in college football history (any division) to run for more than 7,000 career yards

• 1999 Heisman Trophy winner

• 1999 Maxwell Award winner

• 1999 Doak Walker Award winner

• 1999 national player of the year by the Associated Press, Football News, The Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation

• 1999 consensus first-team All-American

• Three-time bowl game MVP (1996 Copper, 1999 Rose and 2000 Rose)

• Big Ten Conference career leader in rushing

• First three-time Big Ten rushing champion in history

• Tied NCAA record for career 200-yard games with 12 (excluding bowls)

• Average of 148.8 yards rushing per game (career) ranks fifth all-time

Dayne's Complete Profile Get    Acrobat  Reader
Dayne Sets NCAA Career Rushing Record Small Video Graphic
Dayne's Career in Photos


 Dayne's Honors
 • College Football Hall of Fame (2013)  • 1999 Associated Press Player of the Year
 • Rose Bowl Hall of Fame (2011)  • 1999 Walter Camp Player of the Year
 • UW Athletic Hall of Fame (2009)  • 1999 consensus first-team All-American
 • 1999 Heisman Trophy  • 1999, 2000 Rose Bowl Game MVP
 • 1999 Maxwell Award  • 1999 Chicago Tribune Silver Football
 • 1999 Doak Walker Award  • 2000 Jesse Owens Big Ten Athlete of the Year


 Dayne's Career Statistics
 Year Carries Yards Avg. TD
 1996 325 2,109 6.5 21
 1997 263 1,457 5.5 15
 1998 295 1,525 5.2 15
 1999 337 2,034 6.0 20
 TOTAL 1,220 7,125 5.8 71
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