The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by Jacksonville Jaguars as first of two choices in seventh round (250th overall) of 2009 NFL Draft, April 26, 2009...Placed on injured reserve (knee), Sept. 3, 2011...Placed on injured reserve, Dec. 24, 2012...Signed by Oakland Raiders as unrestricted free agent, April 11, 2013.
At a glance
CAREER: In his fifth NFL season in 2013, took over the starting role with an injured Darren McFadden…A reserve back until 2012, his final season with the Jaguars, when he started six games as a replacement for an injured Maurice Jones-Drew…Sat out the 2011 campaign on injured reserve, after sustaining a knee injury during the preseason…Prior to the injury, however, over his first two seasons (2009-10), averaged 5.4 yards per carry (123 attempts, 661 yards), with five touchdowns…Raiders fans remember him for his performance against Oakland late in 2010, when he scampered for a 74-yard touchdown as part of a five-carry, 109-yard day…Also has limited NFL experience as a kickoff-returner…Launched his NFL career when Jacksonville selected him with the 250th overall choice, in the seventh round of the ’09 draft.
2013: Totaled 733 yards rushing - a team high - on 163 attempts in 15 games...Led the entire NFL during the month of November with 596 total yards...Also served as a key contributor on special teams...(9/8) at Ind.: Totaled two carries for two yards...Also had a special teams tackle...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Rushed for 32 yards, including a long of 28 yards, in the victory...(9/23) at Den.: Hauled in two passes for 15 yards, including a 14-yard reception on the final drive of the first half as the Raiders were moving down the field...(9/29) vs. Was.: Served as the primary ball carrier when RB Darren McFadden left the game with an injury...Totaled 116 yards of offense (45 rushing and 71 receiving) for his first 100-yard game as a Raider...Also reached 1,000 yards rushing for his career during the contest...Blocked a first-quarter punt that was returned by RB Jeremy Stewart for a TD to give Oakland a 7-0 lead...(10/6) vs. SD: Started his first game as a Raider and posted 41 rushing yards on 10 attempts...(10/13) at KC: Backed up McFadden, carrying the ball four times for 12 yards and hauling in one catch for nine yards...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Spelled McFadden in the running game, rushing for eight yards on two carries...Partially blocked a first-quarter punt, getting the Raiders good field position to set up a TD drive...Also fielded an onside kick to seal the victory late in the fourth quarter...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Filled in as the primary running back after McFadden left the game with a hamstring injury...Set a career high with 176 total yards (102 rushing, 74 receiving)...Scored his first TD as a Raider with an eight-yard TD rush in the second quarter...(11/10) at NYG: Posted 88 yards rushing and 19 yards receiving for his second-straight 100-total-yard performance...Averaged 4.4 yards per carry...(11/17) at Hou.: Carried the ball 22 times for 150 yards and one TD in the victory...Posted the second-longest run of the season (tied with Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey and Cardinals RB Andre Ellington), an 80-yard TD rush, in the third quarter to extend the team’s lead to 28-17...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Totaled his fourth-straight game with over 100 total yards...Rushed 16 times for 73 yards and caught four passes for 49 yards...(11/28) at Dal.: Started at RB and rushed 17 times for 35 yards, while catching one pass for eight yards...Left the game in the fourth quarter due to a concussion...(12/8) at NYJ: Was inactive due to a concussion...(12/15) vs. KC: Totaled 103 yards (91 rushing, 12 receiving) and two TDs...His two-TD performance was his second multi-TD game of the season...His 23 carries were also a season high...(12/22) at SD: Started at RB and rushed for 45 yards on 10 carries and caught three passes for 27 yards...(12/29) vs. Den.: Started at RB and rushed for nine yards on four carries and posted two catches for eight yards.
2012: Played in 10 games with six starts at RB…Had 283 yards on 101 carries (2.8 avg.), with two TDs, and caught 19 passes for 130 yards (6.8 avg.)…Also returned 10 kickoffs for 241 yards (24.1 avg.)…Missed two early games (Sept. 16-23) with a knee injury, then sustained a Week 12 concussion that sidelined him for the final four contests…(9/9) at Min.: In his first game since Jan. 2, 2011, made his fourth career start with Maurice Jones-Drew having rejoined the team a week prior; however, injured his knee in the season-opener and missed the ensuing two games…(10/21) at Oak.: Replaced an injured Jones-Drew (foot) early in the contest and helped the Jaguars build a 14-3 advantage with a 5-yard TD run in the second quarter; also matched a career best with seven receptions, including his longest career reception, 26 yards on a fourth-quarter grab…(10/28) at GB: Returned to the lineup and posted 115 yards from scrimmage and 59 rushing yards, both season highs; opened a drive late in the first quarter with a 21-yard burst, then caught a 24-yard pass to set up a second-quarter FG…(11/25) vs. Ten.: Gave the Jaguars an early lead they would not relinquish in a 24-19 win, scoring on a 1-yard run…(12/2) at Buf.: Left contest in second quarter with concussion and did not return…Inactive for Weeks 14-16 games before team placed him on injured reserve, Dec. 24.
2011: Sustained a knee injury in the Jaguars’ third preseason game, against Buffalo, ending his season…Placed on injured reserve, Sept. 3.
2010: Enjoyed the top campaign of his career, playing in 13 games with three starts for Jacksonville…Established single-season professional bests with 459 rushing yards, 5.5 yards per carry (84 attempts), four rushing TDs, 26 receptions and 223 receiving yards (8.6 avg.)…Helped Jaguars finish third among NFL rushing offenses (149.7 yards per game)…Posted his first two 100-yard rushing games, each in the final portion of the season…Rushed for touchdowns in three straight games, Weeks 12-14…(9/19) at SD: In his first NFL start, averaged 4.2 yards per carry (9-38) and blocked a Mike Scifres punt, the Jags’ first blocked punt since 2006, to set up a Jacksonville score…(10/10) at Buf.: Inactive with a shoulder injury…(10/17) vs. Ten.: Returned to action, but played sparingly and missed the next two contests…(11/28) at NYG: Averaged 7.6 yards on seven carries (53 yards), including a 5-yard TD run in the first quarter to give the Jags a 7-3 lead…(12/5) at Ten.: Scored on an 11-yard carry in the first quarter, en route to 10 carries for 44 yards…(12/12) vs. Oak.: Sparked Jacksonville on its comeback from a 24-14 second-half deficit with a weaving 74-yard TD run in the third quarter; posted his first 100-yard rushing effort (5-109, 21.8 avg.), helping Jags to 38-31 win…Became only the sixth NFL player in 50 years to averaged at least 20.0 yards per carry with at least five attempts…(12/18) at Ind.: Replaced an injured Jones-Drew in the starting lineup and led the team with a career-best seven receptions, for 64 yards…(1/2/11) at Hou.: Started the season-finale and ran for 108 yards on a career-most 22 carries (4.9 avg.), with one TD, a 3-yard plunge in the second quarter.
2009: Played 15 games as a rookie reserve, with at least one carry in every contest…Totaled 202 yards on 39 carries (5.2 avg.), with one TD…Also caught 16 passes for 101 yards (6.3 avg.) and returned three kickoffs for 56 yards (18.7 avg.)…(9/13) at Ind.: Dressed for the season-opener but did not play…(9/20) vs. Ari.: Made his NFL debut, registering all three of his 2009 kickoff returns…(10/4) vs. Ten.: Saw his first extensive playing time, leading the team with nine carries and 53 yards in the win…(11/8) vs. KC: In an eventual 24-21 win, gave Jacksonville an early 7-3 lead, breaking free for a 28-yard TD run, the first of his career.
COLLEGE: Played his final three seasons and 31 games at Liberty, after transferring from Pitt, and finished with a combined 4,044 rushing yards and 43 TDs, along with 48 catches for 557 yards, in 39 contests...In 2005 at Pitt, became only the fourth true freshman running back ever to start a game, joining Tony Dorsett (1973), Brandon Williams (1998) and Raymond Kirkley (2001)…In January following his freshman year, transferred to Liberty in Lynchburg, Va., a short drive from his hometown, where his father was sick…Established the Big South’s career rushing record with 3,633 yards, averaging 5.7 yards and 633 carries, with 42 touchdowns…Had at least three rushing TDs in four games and 22 100-yard efforts, two more conference standards…Graduated with 4,155 all-purpose yards at Liberty…As a senior, topped 100 yards on 10 occasions en route to consensus first-team All-America and Big South Offensive Player of the Year honors; finished with 263 carries for 1,500 yards and broke his own record with 17 TDs…Also paced the conference as a junior with 1,113 rushing yards, and set a conference mark with 15 rushing TDs…Started nine games as a sophomore in his initial Liberty season, garnering first-team all-conference honors…Deferred his enrollment at Pitt to January of 2005, then played in eight games as a true freshman, with 411 yards on 86 yards and one TD…Coached by the Jaguars’ staff at the 2009 Senior Bowl prior to his selection in the draft…Majored in general studies at Liberty.
PERSONAL: Influenced growing up by his two brothers, Butch and Bryan, 13 and 10 years older than him, respectively...Butch played fullback for both Liberty and Virginia Military Institute, and signed as a non-drafted free agent with the New York Giants in 1995...Bryan played tight end at Virginia Tech and initially signed with San Diego in 1997 before time in the Patriots and Titans organizations...Graduated from Lynchburg (Va.) Christian Academy, where he played two years after transferring from Jefferson Forest, where he lettered two years...A two-time All-Virginia Division II selection, played RB and LB...In two years at LCA, combined for 3,287 yards and 56 TDs, including senior-year totals of 1,978 rushing yards and 28 TDs...Also lettered two years in basketball...Was heavily involved in all aspects of the Jaguars' outreach, including Shop with a Jock, NFL Play 60, Hometown Huddle and Readers Party...Also was a guest on Straight Talk television, which seeks to reduce teen pregnancy and HIV/AIDS...Addressed more than 30 youth pastors on two occasions about his childhood and life experiences, and served as a guest of the Boy Scouts.
Raiders RB Rashad Jennings takes the snap out of the Wildcat formation and breaks free for an 80-yard touchdown against the Houston Texans.