COLLEGE Started 17 of 33 games at Illinois, carrying the ball 424 times for 2, 557 yards (6.03 yards per carry) and 23 touchdowns. Added 37 receptions for 439 yards (11.86 yards per catch) and 5 touchdowns to his career total. His 2,557 rushing yards tie Juice Williams (2006-09) for sixth place on the school career-record list, while his 23 touchdown runs tie the legendary Red Grange (1923-25) and Ty Douthard (1993-96) for seventh on the school career-record chart. In 2010, his 1,697 yards on the ground broke the previous Illini season-record of 1,681 yards by Rashard Mendenhall (2007), and his 281 rushing attempts are the second-highest season total by an Illinois player, surpassed by only Robert Holcombe (297 in 1997).
2010: Started in all 13 games played, rushing for 1,697 yards on 281 carries for 17 touchdowns. His 281 carries rank second-best season total in Illini annals while his 17 scores tied the Illini annual record that Mendenhall first set in 2007. Ranked second in the league and fifth in the nation with an average of 130.54 yards per game rushing. Also added 17 receptions for 196 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 20 total touchdowns and 122 points scored established a pair of school season records. Finished 20th nationally and second in the conference with an average of 145.62 alll-purpose yards per game. All-American second-team selection by the NFL Draft Report and the Associated Press, earning third-team recognition from Rivals.com and honorable mention from Sports Illustrated.
2009: Started in 3 of 11 games played, rushing for 734 yards on 108 carries for 5 touchdowns, and placed fifth on the team with 14 receptions for 177 yards and 2 scores. His 108 carries placed first on the team. All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention.
2008: Played in nine games and started in one contest at tailback vs. Indiana as a true-freshman. Ranked fourth on the team with 126 yards on 35 carries (3.6 yards per carry) that included 1 touchdown. Add 66 yards on 6 receptions (11.0 yards per catch).
PERSONAL: Attended Centennial High School (Champaign, Ill), playing football for Head Coach Mike McDonnell. Received a three-star prospect rating from both Rivals.com and Scout.com after his senior season. Rated the tenth-best overall prospect in the state and the nation's 28th-best running back by Rivals.
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