Selected by Oakland Raiders in first round (fourth overall) of 2008 NFL Draft, April 26, 2008…Signed first contract, June 6, 2008.
Selected by Oakland Raiders in first round (fourth overall) of 2008 NFL Draft, April 26, 2008…Signed first contract, June 6, 2008.
At a glance
CAREER: Elite, all-purpose running back, was slowed by injury in fourth pro season…Highly respected by his peers in the league, named a Pro Bowl alternate despite playing in only seven games last year…Enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2010, becoming first Raider since 2007 to rush for 1,000 yards, with 1,157…Has played in 45 games with 32 starts in four NFL seasons…Career totals include 769 carries for 3,334 yards and 18 touchdowns…Also has 158 career receptions for 1,449 yards and four touchdowns.
2012: Played in 12 games, all starts, missing four contests with a high-ankle sprain…On 591 offensive snaps, averaged a career-low 3.3 yards per carry (216 attempts, 707 yards), with two rushing TDs…Also caught 42 passes for 258 yards (6.1 avg.), with one TD…Oakland enters 2013 with a 10-2 mark in his 11 career 100-yard rushing games, including a 3-0 mark in 2012…Also finished the season with a 31-game receptions streak, longest on the team, dating to the beginning of the 2010 season…During offseason, worked out at same Dallas institute that trained gold-shoes Michael Johnson…Voted a 2012 captain by his teammates Sept. 3… (9/10) vs. SD: Returned to action following his injury-shortened 2011 campaign and posted 13 receptions – the most ever by a Raiders RB and second-most overall in team annals – for 86 yards, including 12- and 14-yard plays to set up an important second-quarter field goal just prior to half…(9/23) vs. Pit.: Broke out of an early season funk with a 64-yard touchdown burst, his career’s second-longest run, to knot the game in the first quarter…En route to his 10th career 100-yard rushing effort; also had a 16-yard run on a third-quarter TD drive, a series in which he initially scored on an outstanding 5-yard carry, but replay review showed his elbow touched the ground a split-second before the ball broke the plane…(10/14) at Atl.: In heartbreaking loss against undefeated Falcons, sprinted more than 30 yards after a sack-fumble to save a TD and tackle Ray Edwards at the Raiders’ 2-yard line; essentially saved Oakland four points in a close game, as his team delivered a goal-line stand; also made a shoestring catch for 20 yards on a key third down in the second half, and officially compiled just 70 yards but saw two first-half carries, for 15 and 21 yards, wiped out by holding penalties, to keep him shy of 100 yards…(10/28) at KC: Closed out a win with 73 yards on 12 fourth-quarter carries (6.1 avg.), including four final-period first downs, en route to his 114-yard day…Broke off 19-, 21- and 28-yard runs in second half, and became the 12th player in franchise history to rush for 3,000 career yards…(11/4) vs. TB: Left in the second quarter with a right leg injury and did not return; diagnosed the next day with a high-ankle sprain…(11/11) at Bal.: Inactive with high-ankle sprain…(11/18) vs. NO: Inactive with high-ankle sprain…(11/25) at Cin.: Inactive with high-ankle sprain…(12/6) vs. Den.: Returned to action for the first time since Nov. 4, starting at tailback…Scored a second-quarter touchdown on a short pass from Carson Palmer…Took a sweep around left end for 36 yards on the first play of the second half……(12/16) vs. KC: Registered his 12th career 100-yard game, helping Oakland improve its mark in those games to 10-2; in 15-0 triumph, matched his career high with 30 carries…Had three explosive runs, a 15-yarder in the first quarter, a 19-yarder in the third quarter and another 15-yarder to reach 100 on the day late in the third quarter…(12/23) at Car.: Had a 3-yard TD run nullified by a holding call in the fourth quarter.
2011: Played in seven games, missing final nine contests with a foot injury…Was among league leaders in rushing through seven games…Totaled 614 rushing yards on 113 carries (5.4 avg.) with four touchdowns…Tabbed as an alternate for the Pro Bowl…(9/12) at DEN: In 23-20 win, carried 22 times for 150 yards, averaging 6.8 yards per carry, with three bursts of 20 or more yards…Had a 20-yard run on a third-and-13 play in the first quarter that helped set up Raiders’ first touchdown…Added another 20-yard run late in the second quarter, around left end to the Denver 24-yard line to set up a Sebastian Janikowski field goal…Broke off a 47-yard run in the fourth quarter to set up a critical Raiders touchdown, giving Oakland 23-13 advantage…(9/18) at BUF: Registered 143 total yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns… Tied a career high with seven receptions, for 71 yards and one touchdown, a 12-yard strike from Jason Campbell that gave Oakland a 28-24 fourth-quarter lead…Also ran for a 5-yard TD in second quarter…(9/25) vs. NYJ: A catalyst in a 34-24 win, tabbed for AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after rushing for 171 yards on 19 carries (9.0 avg.)…Also named FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week…Yardage marked a career high and ranked as the ninth-highest single-game total in franchise history…Ran for a 2-yard touchdown on the Raiders’ opening possession…Produced a career-long touchdown run of 70 yards in the second quarter, cutting the Jets’ lead to three points…Also produced a 27-yard run in the third quarter to set up a Raiders touchdown and give the Silver and Black a 24-17 lead…(10/2) vs. NE: Had a 41-yard run in the second quarter that set up a Raiders touchdown…Added four receptions for 48 yards, including a 26-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter…(10/9) at HOU: Rushed for 51 yards on 16 carries in an emotional victory one day after the passing of owner Al Davis…Had a 20-yard run at the end of the third quarter that helped set up a Raiders touchdown…(10/16) vs. CLE: Totaled 91 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown…Had a 24-yard run on the Raiders’ first play from scrimmage…Carried seven times for 50 yards on the team’s opening drive, culminating in his 5-yard touchdown…(10/23) vs. KC: Limited to two carries and one reception due to a foot injury…Inactive for final nine games of the season.
2010: Made 13 starts, carrying 223 times for 1,157 yards and seven touchdowns…Rushing total marked the fifth highest in Raiders history…Became the first Raider since 1997 to post six 100-yard rushing games in a season…Named FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week twice… Led the NFL with nine runs of 30 yards or longer…Ranked second on the team with 47 receptions, for 507 yards and three touchdowns…Inactive for three games due to hamstring and toe injuries…(9/12) at TEN: Produced 150 yards of total offense in season opener…Added a team-high six receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown, a 7-yard pass from Jason Campbell in the fourth quarter…(9/19) vs. STL: Posted 145 yards on a career-high 30 carries…Broke through the middle for a 30-yard run, setting up a third-quarter touchdown that gave the Raiders the lead for good in a 16-14 victory…(9/26) at ARI: Recorded second straight 100-yard rushing game…Touched the ball five times during a six-play scoring drive at the end of the second quarter, rushing four times for 44 yards, including a 33-yard spurt and 2-yard TD, and an 18-yard catch from Bruce Gradkowski …(10/3) vs. HOU: Connected with Gradkowski on a 43-yard reception in the first quarter that set up Raiders’ first touchdown…Added a 23-yard run on Raiders’ fourth-quarter touchdown drive…(10/24) at DEN: Returned from injury to post a record-breaking performance in 59-14 win… Received AFC Offensive Player of the Week…Tied franchise records with four total touchdowns and 24 points…Helped team set Raiders records in points (59) and touchdowns (eight)…Rushed for a then-career-high 165 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns…Ran for a 57-yard touchdown in the third quarter, giving Oakland 51-14 lead…Also rushed for a pair of 4-yard scores in the first half…On the day, had two receptions for 31 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown catch from Campbell in the second quarter…In first quarter, rushed six times for 63 yards and one TD, including a 40-yard scamper that set up a FG…Scored two second-quarter touchdowns, a 19-yard reception and a 4-yard run …(10/31) vs. SEA: Posted second straight 100-yard game with 111 yards on 21 carries…Broke off a 49-yard run, helping set up a third-quarter field goal…(11/7) vs. KC: Took a first-down handoff and ran 34 yards to help set up a third-quarter touchdown…(11/28) vs. MIA: Totaled a career-high with seven receptions, for 63 yards…(12/5) at SD: Scored on a 7-yard fourth-quarter run to seal Raiders’ 28-13 victory…(12/12) at JAC: Gained 209 yards from scrimmage and scored three touchdowns, including second-half runs of 51 and 36 yards…Added three receptions for a career-high 86 yards, including a touchdown on a career-long 67-yard reception in the first quarter…(12/19) vs. DEN: Posted sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season… Rushed for 56 yards on three carries, including 19- and 36-yard carries, during a first-quarter drive, setting up a TD…Added a 20-yard fourth-quarter run.
2009: Saw action in 12 games with seven starts…Ranked third on the team with 357 rushing yards on 104 carries and one touchdown…Also ranked fourth on the team with 21 receptions for 245 yards…Inactive due to knee injury for four games from 10/11-11/1…(9/20) at KC: Scored game-winning touchdown on a 5-yard run with 1:07 remaining in regulation…(11/15) vs. KC: Returned to action after missing four games with knee injury…(11/26) at DAL: Hauled in a season-high four receptions, for 43 yards…(12/13) vs. WAS: Had three receptions for a then-career-high 84 yards, including a 48-yard reception from Gradkowski, helping to set up a first-quarter FG…(12/20) at DEN: Set season highs with 12 carries and 74 yards, including a season long of 28 yards in the third quarter.
2008: Saw action in 13 games with five starts as a rookie…Inactive for three midseason games from 10/26-11/9 with painful toe injury…Ranked second on the team with 499 rushing yards on 113 carries…Led team with four rushing touchdowns…Also ranked second on the team with 29 receptions for 285 yards…(9/8) vs. DEN: Started at RB in his NFL debut…Had nine carries for 46 yards…(9/14) at KC: Enjoyed a breakout game, rushing for 164 yards on 21 carries…Yardage total tied for 10th-highest in Raiders history…Scored first career touchdown on a 19-yard run in the third quarter…Also broke off a 50-yard run on a third-quarter scoring drive…Named FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week…(10/19) vs. NYJ: In a 16-13 overtime win over Brett Favre and the Jets, recorded a 16-yard catch and a 13-yard rushing attempt on a Raiders’ third-quarter scoring drive…Then took a short pass from JaMarcus Russell and scampered 25 yards to set up a fourth-quarter field goal…(11/16) at MIA: Returned to action after being inactive for three weeks due to toe injury…(11/23) at DEN: Recorded two 1-yard touchdown runs for first career multiple-touchdown game…His fourth-quarter score sealed Raiders’ 31-10 victory…(11/30) vs. KC: Had three receptions for 50 yards…Gained 20 yards on a first-quarter lateral from WR Ronald Curry that helped set up a field goal…(12/14) vs. NE: Ran for an 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and added three receptions for a season-high 68 yards…(12/21) vs. HOU: In 27-16 win, had a team-high five receptions, for 41 yards.
COLLEGE: Won consecutive Doak Walker Awards, and twice finished runner-up for the Heisman, at Arkansas…Shattered numerous school and Southeastern Conference records during three collegiate seasons, establishing himself as one of the conference’s elite all-time backs…In 38 games, had 4,590 yards on 785 carries (5.9 avg.), with 41 touchdowns…Caught 46 passes for 365 yards (7.9 avg.) and two scores, and returned 38 kickoffs for 926 yards (24.4 avg.) and a touchdown…Also completed 14 of 22 passes (63.6 percent) for 205 yards and seven touchdowns…Totaled 268 points with 44 overall touchdowns and amassed 5,881 all-purpose yards (154.8 per game)…Ran for 100 or more yards in 22 games…By gaining 1,113 yards rushing in 2005, 1,647 in 2006 and a school-record 1,830 in 2007, joined Georgia’s Herschel Walker (1980-82) as the only players in SEC history to rush for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior…Became the first sophomore to win the Doak Walker Award, and by winning in 2006 and 2007, joined Ricky Williams of Texas (1997-98) as the only player to win that honor twice…Also became the first player to twice finish second in the voting for the Heisman Trophy (2006-07)…McFadden (1,647 yards in 2006 and 1,830 in 2007) and Felix Jones (1,168 in 2006 and 1,162 in 2007) became the first teammates in SEC history to run for more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons, and the third tandem to accomplish that feat in one campaign…Consensus All-America as a junior while again winning the Doak Walker Award, finishing second in the Heisman Trophy race to Tim Tebow…Gained more than 100 yards rushing 10 times; broke his own school record with 1,830 yards and 16 touchdowns on 325 rushes (5.6 avg.)…Had 21 catches for 164 yards (7.8 avg.) and a score, connected on 6-of-11 pass attempts for 123 yards and four touchdowns…Finished the season with 102 points scored, and gained 2,310 all-purpose yards (177.7 per game) to set a conference mark and break his own single-season Arkansas record of 2,058 in 2006…His 355 all-purpose yards vs. South Carolina in 2007 set a school record, breaking his own mark of 315…His 321 yards rushing vs. South Carolina in 2007 topped the school record of 271 and tied the conference mark…His 325 rushes in 2007 set the school’s single-season record and his 4,590 yards rushing shattered the previous program record of 3,570; the total ranks second in conference annals behind Walker (5,259 in 33 games, 1980-82)…His average of 120.8 rushing yards per game placed him third on the SEC’s career record list behind Walker (159.4) and Florida’s Emmitt Smith (126.7, 1987-89)…His 2007 total of 1,830 yards on the ground was surpassed only by Walker’s 1,891 yards (1981) on the SEC single-season list…His 16 touchdown runs in 2007 tied for third on the school’s single-season list…As a sophomore in 2006, rushing total of 1,647 on 284 attempts (5.8 avg.) was more than that of 54 of the 119 Division I FBS teams (45.4 percent), while 14 rushing touchdowns were better than 43 teams nationally (36.1 percent)…A consensus All-American, Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman runner-up, finished second in voting to Ohio State’s Troy Smith…Had 11 receptions for 149 yards (13.5) and a score while completing 7-of-9 passes (77.8 percent) for 69 yards and three touchdowns…Averaged 26.2 yards with a score on 10 kickoff returns, and 147 all-purpose yards, scoring 98 points…Rushed for more than 100 yards eight times…In 2005, set school freshman rushing records with 1,113 yards and 11 scores on 176 carries (6.3 avg.)…Caught 14 passes for 52 yards, returned 12 kickoffs for 348 yards (29.0 avg.) and averaged 137.5 all-purpose yards per game…An honorable-mention All-American (Pro Football Weekly) and first-team Freshman All-American, garnered conference Freshman of the Year honors from the Associated Press and the SEC’s coaches.
PERSONAL: Attended Pulaski Oak Grove High School (Little Rock, Ark.) and became the only player from Arkansas to be named to the Parade All-America team in 2004…A two-time all-state, all-area and all-South choice…The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Offensive Player of the Year as a senior…As a senior, rushed for 1,965 yards and 27 touchdowns on 184 carries…Also had three receptions for 67 yards and one score, completed six of 15 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns as a quarterback, and returned nine punts for 370 yards and three touchdowns…As a junior, rushed for a school-record 2,027 yards and 19 touchdowns on 204 carries…Averaged 9.9 yards per attempt…Hauled in nine passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns as a junior and also gained 103 yards on 12 punt returns…In his sophomore campaign, rushed for 859 yards and 13 touchdowns on 109 carries…In addition to football, was a standout in baseball and track, as a sprinter…Volunteered his time with NFL Play 60 PSA photo shoot during June 2012…Also a part of the NFL Play 60 Fit and Funny event in Los Angeles in June of 2012…Held the Darren McFadden Youth Football Camp in Arkansas during June of 2012 and 2013.
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden scores his second touchdown of the game on this 4-yard run out of the Wildcat formation against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8.
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden runs it in from 7 yards out to put his team up two touchdowns in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden breaks up the middle for a 30-yard gain in their Week 2 match up against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden runs up the gut for a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter in Week 1 of the season.