Trevor Cobb is the gold standard for Rice football running backs. His incredible career still reigns atop the majority of the Owls’ record books.
In January Trevor Cobb became the seventh Rice football player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. When he is formally inducted on Dec. 4, 2018 he will join an illustrious list of former players including Buddy Dial, Weldon Humble, Tommy Kramer, Dicky Maegle, Bill Wallace and Froggy Williams.
Cobb is more than deserving of his place in college football history. What he accomplished at Rice may never be equaled. His 1,091 career rushing attempts are more than the next two closest rushers combined (Chad Richardson and Charles Ross combined for 980 carries). He holds the first, second and third spots in the single-season rushing ranks, topping out at 360 carries in 1991.
Pick whatever statistic you like, Cobb remains one of the most dominant offensive players in Rice football history.
Rushing for 4,948 yards over his four-year career, Cobb’s most impressive statistic is his 24 100-yard games. He played 44 games, meaning he was more likely to top the century mark (54.5 percent) than not.
Not only is that a jaw-dropping feat, it’s something that the Owls haven’t seen anyone come close to since. The official record book doesn’t list any other running backs under the 100-yard game statistic. It appears that Charles Ross came the closest, registering 11 100-yard games over five years.
In 2017 Rice had one 100-yard performance by a running back. Nashon Ellerbe went off for 153 yards on 22 carries with four touchdowns against Southern Miss on Nov. 11. Rice has several options in the backfield this year – even if someone does emerge as the premier back, it’s going to take an astounding effort to come close to Cobb’s highwater mark of nine 100-yard games in a single season (a feat he accomplished in 1991).