Number Five: Zack Abron
Zack Abron would probably be a little bit higher up the list if he didn’t run into some personal trouble in the last few years. Some domestic violence charges were brought against him in 2013 and he was later arrested. While it shouldn’t have an impact on his career at Mizzou, I couldn’t bring myself to rank him ‘the greatest’ when he marred his reputation with violence.
If you forget all about his personal life, Abron may have been the best running back Mizzou Football ever had.
Abron played for the Tigers from 2000-2003. He didn’t benefit from being on a good team either as they won only 20 games in his four-year stretch with eight of those wins coming in 2003.
Abron put together his best season in 2003 when he rushed for over 1000 yards on 200 carries. Although they lost the bowl game that season, Abron helped them back to a winning season for the first time since 1998.
Abron finished his career with 3,198 yards on the ground and 40 rushing touchdowns. His total yards is good enough for most by a running back in Mizzou football history and he’s fifth on the all-time scoring list behind Brad Smith and three kickers.
Abron should probably be considered the best running back in Mizzou history if you just look at his stats. In a world where these players are looked upon as ‘heroes’ by young fans, it’s not enough to be great on the football field to be considered the greatest Mizzou running back in history.