Rickey Young had 88 receptions in 1978.

running backs with 80 or more receptions in a season
1978Young1979Washington1980Cooper1981Andrews1981Brown1984Wilder1985Craig1985James1985Woolfolk1986Anderson1986Craig1990Byars1995Centers1995Loville1996Centers1998Faulk1999Faulk2000Anderson2000Centers2000Faulk2001Centers2001Faulk2002Faulk2002Garner2003Tomlinson8882838183859286808081811018799868788818180838091100
NAMESEASONTMGPRECTRGREC YDSAVGREC YDS/GREC TDRUSH YDSATTYPCRUSH YDS/GRUSH TD
Rickey YoungRickey Young1978MINMIN16887048.044.054171343.126.11
Joe WashingtonJoe Washington1979BALBAL15827509.150.038842423.758.94
Earl CooperEarl Cooper1980SFSF16835676.835.447201714.245.05
William AndrewsWilliam Andrews1981ATLATL16817359.145.921,3012894.581.310
Ted BrownTed Brown1981MINMIN16836948.443.421,0632743.966.46
James WilderJames Wilder1984TBTB16856858.142.801,5444073.896.513
Roger CraigRoger Craig1985SFSF16921,01611.063.561,0502144.965.69
Lionel JamesLionel James1985SDSD16861,02711.964.265161054.932.32
Butch WoolfolkButch Woolfolk1985HOUHOU168081410.250.943921033.824.51
Gary AndersonGary Anderson1986SDSD168087110.954.484421273.527.61
Roger CraigRoger Craig1986SFSF16816247.739.008302044.151.97
Keith ByarsKeith Byars1990PHIPHI168181910.151.23141373.88.80
Larry CentersLarry Centers1995ARIARI161019629.560.12254783.315.92
Derek LovilleDerek Loville1995SFSF16876627.641.437232183.345.210
Larry CentersLarry Centers1996ARIARI16997667.747.974251163.726.62
Marshall FaulkMarshall Faulk1998INDIND168690810.656.841,3193244.182.46
Marshall FaulkMarshall Faulk1999STLSTL16871031,04812.065.551,3812535.586.37
Richie AndersonRichie Anderson2000NYJNYJ16881248539.753.3263272.33.90
Larry CentersLarry Centers2000WASWAS1581946007.440.03103195.46.90
Marshall FaulkMarshall Faulk2000STLSTL148111383010.259.381,3592535.497.118
Larry CentersLarry Centers2001BUFBUF16801056207.838.82160344.710.02
Marshall FaulkMarshall Faulk2001STLSTL14831047659.254.691,3822605.398.712
Marshall FaulkMarshall Faulk2002STLSTL14801025376.738.429532124.568.18
Charlie GarnerCharlie Garner2002OAKOAK169111194110.358.849621825.360.17
LaDainian TomlinsonLaDainian Tomlinson2003SDSD161001377257.345.341,6453135.3102.813
StatMuse has season-level data for receptions going back to the 1932 season.