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Oakland Raiders Select Elijah Hood In Seventh Round Of 2017 NFL Draft


Elected to forego his final season of eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft • Finished his career with 2,580 yards (ninth at UNC) and 29 rushing touchdowns (sixth at UNC) • Averaged 6.0 yards per carry over his three-year career • Punishing runner who ranked among the best in UNC history as a sophomore in 2015 • An outstanding student who was twice named to the All-ACC Academic Team.

2016 – Junior Season

Started 11 games and rushed for 858 yards on 145 attempts (5.9 avg.) and had eight touchdowns • Did not play against Virginia Tech and Stanford in the Sun Bowl due to injury • Had 11 carries for 56 yards and one catch for four yards against NC State • Rushed for 83 yards on 13 carries in a 41-7 win over The Citadel • Rushed for 75 yards on 13 carries and had a team-best 58 yards receiving on five receptions at Duke • Had a breakout game with a season-high 168 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 48-20 win over Georgia Tech • It is the 11th time in his career he rushed for 100 yards and the second time in his career he rushed for three touchdowns • Scored on runs of 1 yard and 36 yards in the first half and had a 2-yard TD run in the third quarter • Rushed for 114 yards in the first quarter against the Yellow Jackets and averaged 14.0 yards per carry for the game • Rushed for 107 yards on 16 attempts and scored a 4-yard touchdown in a 35-14 win at Virginia • Also caught two passes for four yards • Returned from a one-game injury absence to rush for 31 yards and catch four passes for 28 yards in a 20-13 win at No. 16 Miami • His 13-yard run at the end of the fourth quarter earned the Tar Heels a first down and allowed Carolina to run out the clock for the victory • Did not play against Virginia Tech due to injury • Rushed for 47 yards on 13 carries in the win at Florida State, but missed the second half with an injury • Had 11 carries for 25 yards in the win over Pitt • Rushed 18 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the win over JMU • Moved into tie for ninth place at UNC with 25 career rushing touchdowns • It was his ninth career 100-yard rushing game • Scored his first touchdowns of the season with a pair of rushing scores in the fourth quarter of a 48-23 win at Illinois • Scored on a 7-yard run early in the quarter and later had a 62-yard run, which was the second-longest of his career • Finished with 88 yards on 15 carries against the Fighting Illini • Rushed for 72 yards on 10 carries (7.2 avg.) and had a long run of 32 in the season opening loss to No. 18 Georgia.

2015 - Sophomore Season

Academic All-ACC • Started all 14 games at tailback, carrying the ball 219 times for 1,463 yards and 17 touchdowns • Ranked third in the ACC with 1,463 rushing yards, the second-highest single-season total in Carolina history behind only Don McCauley's brilliant 1970 season of 1,720 yards • Also ranked second in the league in rushing touchdowns and second in yards per carry (6.7) • His 6.7 yards per carry rank second in the UNC single-season record book behind only the great Charlie Justice (7.2 in 1946) • Posted eight 100-yard rushing games with a career high of 220 in the win at NC State • Had 13 carries for 118 yards in the Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Baylor • Rushed 14 times for 65 yards and a score in the ACC Championship Game against Clemson • Earned ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors after rushing 21 times for a career-high 220 yards and two touchdowns in the win at NC State • His 220 rushing yards were the most by a Tar Heel in the history of the series • Gained 115 yards on 17 carries and scored twice in the win at Virginia Tech, topping the 1,000-yard milestone in the process • Had 17 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown in the win over Miami • Rushed 17 times for 69 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Duke • Just missed going over 100 yards for the third straight week with 98 yards on 20 carries in the win at Pitt • Had 21 carries for 101 yards and two scores in the win over Virginia • Needed just eight carries to gain 101 yards and score a touchdown in the win over Wake Forest • Also caught two passes for 19 yards • Finished with 12 carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns in the win at Georgia Tech • Rushed for 61 yards and caught one pass for 14 yards in the win over Delaware • Rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown in the win over Illinois • His 16 carries in back-to-back weeks against Illinois and NC A&T were a career high • Teamed with Marquise Williams in the Illinois game to give UNC two 100-yard rushers in a game for the first time since 2010 • Finished with 16 carries for 56 yards and two touchdowns in the win over NC A&T • The win over the Aggies was his first career two-touchdown game • Rushed 13 times for a career-high 138 yards in the season opener against South Carolina • He was the first Tar Heel to rush for 100 yards in the season opener since 2009 and his 138 yards were the most by a Tar Heel in a season opener since Torin Dorn (165 vs. Illinois, 1987).

2014 - True Freshman Season

Academic All-ACC • Appeared in nine games and rushed 67 times for 259 yards and four touchdowns • Missed four games after suffering an injury in the Notre Dame game • Carried 10 times for 62 yards, including a long of 23, in the Quick Lane Bowl vs. Rutgers • Had a season-high 17 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown against the Irish • Score was his third in three games after touchdowns against Virginia Tech and Clemson • Had a season-high 71 yards on 13 carries against the Tigers • Scored his first career touchdown against San Diego State • Rushed eight times for 43 yards in his Carolina debut against Liberty • Enrolled at UNC in January, 2014, and participated in spring practice.

Charlotte Catholic High School

The 2013 Associated Press North Carolina High School Player of the Year • U.S. Army High School All-America • Named the U.S. Army Game Player of the Year • Considered by many recruiting services to be the top player in the state of North Carolina • Ranked the 16th best player in the nation and fourth overall running back by • Considered the No. 1 player in North Carolina, the No. 7 running back in the country and the nation's No. 51 overall prospect by • Member of the ESPN300 • Ranked the No. 2 player in North Carolina, the sixth-best running back in the country and the No. 40 overall player by • Member of the PrepStar 150 Dream Team • Played on North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Offensive MVP of the Shrine Bowl • Finalist for the Big 22 Player of the Year Award • Rushed for a Mecklenburg County record 8,981 yards (fourth-best in the state history) and 147 touchdowns (third-best in state history) • Ran for 3,690 yards as a senior (second-best in state history) and 53 touchdowns • Helped team advance to the finals of the 4A West Regional before falling to Greensboro Dudley • Led the state in rushing with 3,157 yards and 46 touchdowns as a junior to help Catholic reach the 3AA championship game • Posted 1,889 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns on 168 carries (11.2 avg.) to lead Catholic to a 13-1 record as a sophomore • Coached by Jim Oddo.


Eagle Scout • His scout project was to renovate his church (Our Lady of Consolation) parking lot • Nicknames are "Eli", "Ox", "Hood", and "Big Hot" • Best class he's taken at UNC is INLS 161 because it gave him the basis for most of the programming he knows • If he could choose an NFL team to play for, it would be the Panthers • His dream job is an IT security analyst • His favorite TV show is "How It's Made" • His favorite food is Italian • The reason he wears number 34 is because he's worn it since Pop Warner days • His favorite off-day activity is hanging out with friends • If he could guest star on a reality TV show, it would be "Shark Tank" • The person who had the biggest impact on his life is Jesus Christ • Son of Vee and Melica Hood • Information sciences major.

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