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Rueben Mayes

Running Back

Rueben A. Mayes

Inducted 2008

Date of Birth



North Battleford, SK


Washington State University (1982-1985)


Washington State's Rueben Mayes rewrote every Cougar rushing record during his career, firmly establishing himself as one of the finest running backs in Pac-10 history. By career's end, the 1984 consensus first-team All-America set 15 school records, including single-season (1,637) and career rushing yards (3,519), career rushing touchdowns (23), rushing average (5.53) and 100-yard games (13). Twice named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, the North Battleford, Saskatchewan, native was the first Cougar in history to boast two 1,000-yard rushing seasons. His most well known exploits took place during the October 1984 game where he ran wild against the Oregon Ducks. In that game, he established an NCAA FBS single-game record with a 357-yard rushing performance. Drafted in the third round by the New Orleans Saints in the 1986 NFL Draft, Mayes was named the 1986 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, and was also named to two Pro Bowls (1986, 1987) during his NFL career.


Height 6'0

Weight 200

Career Highlights

  • 1985 All-Conference
  • 1984 All-Conference
  • 1984 Conference MVP
  • 1984 Consensus All-America
  • 1984 Heisman - Tenth
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