The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Signed by San Francisco 49ers to practice squad as an undrafted free agent, Sept. 6, 2009…Signed by Miami Dolphins to active roster, Oct. 14, 2009…Re-signed by Dolphins as an exclusive rights free agent, Aug. 4, 2011…Waived by Dolphins, Aug. 23, 2011…Signed by Carolina Panthers to practice squad, Nov. 30, 2011…Signed by Oakland Raiders as a free agent, Feb. 12, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Running back with pro experience enters his first season in Silver and Black, having spent the past two seasons in the Canadian Football League…Totaled 2,875 rushing yards on 516 attempts (5.6 avg.) and 23 touchdowns in two seasons for the Saskatchewan Roughriders…Was named the 2013 Grey Cup Most Valuable Player after rushing for a Grey Cup-record 197 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns in a win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats…Made stops with San Francisco, Miami and Carolina in his first NFL stint, appearing in two games and rushing once for five yards.
2013 (with Saskatchewan Roughriders of CFL): Started 15 regular season games, West Semi-Final, West Final, and Grey Cup…Named a CFL All-Star, West Division All-Star and Grey Cup Most Valuable Player…Also named CFL Offensive Player of the Month for July, CFL Offensive Player of the Week for weeks 3, 9, 17, and 21 and was the Riders’ nominee for Most Outstanding Player…Finished with 287 carries for 1,598 yards and 12 touchdowns, and 37 receptions for 264 yards during the regular season…Added 45 carries for 245 yards and one touchdown, and two catches for 63 yards in the playoffs…Posted a Grey Cup-record 197 yards rushing on 20 carries and two touchdowns.
2012 (with Saskatchewan Roughriders of CFL): Started all 18 regular season games and the West Semi-Final at running back…Finished with 229 carries for 1,277 yards…Tied for the lead league with 11 rushing touchdowns…Surpassed 100 yards rushing three times…Totaled 49 catches for 517 yards and two touchdowns…Posted 138 yards receiving in Week 6 versus Edmonton…Returned four kickoffs for 74 yards…In the playoffs, had five carries for 19 yards and five receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns…Added one kickoff return for 13 yards.
2011 (with Mia. and Car.): Spent the offseason and training camp with the Dolphins before being waived at the end of camp…Signed on the with Panthers’ practice squad in late November.
2010 (with Mia.): Suffered an Achilles injury in training camp and spent the entire season on the reserve/injured list.
2009 (with SF and Mia.): Signed with the 49ers’ practice squad in September and was signed to the Dolphins’ active roster in October…Appeared in two games for the Dolphins and was inactive for nine others…(1/3/10) vs. Pit.: Recorded his first NFL carry, gaining five yards.
COLLEGE: A four-year letterman at Purdue, ranks second in school history behind Mike Alstott with 3,341 rushing yards and 664 carries…Holds the school record for career rushing TDs (48), a total ranked fifth all-time in the Big Ten history…A 2008 All-Big Ten honorable mention, finished with 1,131 rushing yards for a school record 16 touchdowns…Totaled 1,643 all-purpose yards that season, ranking sixth in school history…Ran for 859 yards and 11 touchdowns on 168 carries with 30 receptions for 216 yards and a pair of scores in his junior season…Majored in organizational leadership and supervision.
PERSONAL: Was an all-conference selection as a senior at Bloomfield (Conn.) HS, leading the team to a state championship that year, while also garnering all-state recognition in track and field. Mother, Krystal, participated in track and field at Morgan State…Spent this past offseason working as a “swamper,” or tuck driver’s assistant with Fast Trucking Service, a company that specializes in moving drilling rigs and other oil-related equipment based out of Carnduff, Canada.