The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Signed by Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent, May 16, 2014…Played three years at Notre Dame, appearing in 37 games at running back and kick returner…Totaled 153 rushing attempts for 943 yards (6.3 avg.) and 10 TDs…Also returned 88 kickoffs for 2,136 yards and two TDs…Set school record in kickoff return yards…Served as team’s primary kick returner all three years…Saw action in 12 games with four starts as a junior in 2013…Ranked second on team with 93 carries for 555 yards and three TDs…Led team with 6.0 yards per rush…Returned 31 kickoffs for 780 yards…Averaged 25.2 yards per kickoff return to rank 25th in the nation…Had a career-high 148 rushing yards on 14 carries and one TD vs. Oklahoma…Had an 80-yard TD run, marking Notre Dame’s longest since 2000, against Sooners…Racked up a season-high 187 all-purpose yards against Navy, including a 41-yard TD run and 113 kickoff return yards…Had a season-high 139 kickoff return yards at Stanford…Saw action in 12 games as a sophomore…Ranked third on team with 361 rushing yards on 51 carries…Tied for second on team with five rushing TDs…Led team with 7.1 yards per rush…Had 22 kickoff returns for 441 yards…Averaged 20.0 yards per return…Had two TD runs vs. Navy in Dublin, Ireland…First TD run was 56 yards, followed by a 3-yarder…Posted first-career 100-yard rushing game with 123 yards on 10 carries vs. Miami…His 12.3-yard per rush average ranked sixth on Notre Dame’s single-game list…Had a 55-yard TD run vs. Hurricanes…Played in all 13 games as a freshman…Tied school record with two kickoff returns for TDs…Became first Notre Dame player since 1997 to record two kickoff returns for TDs…Became first freshman since former Raider Raghib Ismail in 1988 to record two scores on kickoff returns…Named second-team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele Publications and honorable mention All-American by SI.com as a kick returner…Had 35 kick returns for 915 yards and two TDs…Kick returns marked second-most in program history, while yardage set Notre Dame record…Averaged 26.1 yards per return…First TD came on an 89-yarder vs. Michigan State…Second return for a TD was a 96-yarder vs. USC…return against USC marked the fifth-longest in Notre Dame Stadium history and first since 2000…Averaged season-best 35.6 yards per return against Trojans, totaling 178 yards on five returns…Also rushed for 27 yards and two TDs on just nine carries…Tied for third on team with nine special teams tackles…Attended Granada High School in Livermore, Calif. …Rated No. 89 on Rivals.com list of top-100 players in the nation…Rushed 172 times for 1,669 yards and 17 TDs as running back, wide receiver and defensive back…Helped team to North Coast Section Division I semifinals and school’s first playoff appearance since 2005…First-team All-East Bay Athletic League as a running back and second-team all-league pick as a defensive back…Named third-team all-East Bay as utility player by Bay Area News Group…A first-team all-metro pick as a utility player…Played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl, serving as captain of the West team…Played in Holiday Bowl Classic between Sacramento and Bay Area standouts…Selected for Team USA vs. The World all-star game in Austin, Texas…As a junior, carried 106 times for 965 yards and 10 TDs…Scored four TDs in season opener and later rushed 11 times for 200 yards and three TDs in a single game, adding a TD on a kickoff return…Named second-team all-EBAL as a defensive back...Posted three rushing TDs in a single game as a sophomore…Also a track standout…Earned medals in California state track meet in the 100- and 200-meters as a sophomore…Father, George Atkinson, Jr., played for the Raiders for 10 seasons from 1968-77, helping lead the Silver and Black to a Super Bowl XI title, and has worked as part of the Raiders’ broadcast team…Twin brother, Josh, has played defensive back and wide receiver at Notre Dame.