His brother, Jhamal, played running back at Syracuse and Maine and went to training camp with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The New York prep originally committed to Buffalo before opting to sign with Toledo. Was a finalist for New York State High School Player of the Year honors after rushing for 1,638 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior. Appeared in nine games as a true freshman for Toledo in 2010 and rushed 38 times for 224 yards (5.9-yard average) and one touchdown with five receptions for 39 yards (7.8) and zero touchdowns. Missed four games with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Spent much of 2011 as a backup before starting three late-season contests. In 13 games, he had 97 carries for 493 yards (5.1) and four touchdowns and caught 16 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Had his best collegiate season in 2012, playing in 12 games (11 starts) and recording 259 rushes for 1,498 yards (5.8) and 13 touchdowns and 32 catches for 246 yards and no TDs. Surpassed the 100-yard mark in six straight games, including a trio of 200-plus affairs. Missed one game with a right ankle injury and parts of two games with a head injury. In 2013, despite playing in only nine games, he amassed 167 rushes for 1,121 yards (6.7) and 10 touchdowns and 27 catches for 222 yards and no touchdowns. Became the first Toledo running back to record 100 yards both rushing and receiving in one game, with 17 carries for 111 yards and 10 catches for 100 yards against Missouri. Had six consecutive 100-yard games before injuring his left ankle Oct. 26. Missed three of Toledo's final four games with the ankle injury, which turned out to be a small fracture that wasn't discovered until a late November MRI. Over his final two college seasons, he missed a full contest or significant time in a game nine times because of injury. Concluded his Toledo career with 3,336 rushing yards and 4,082 all-purpose yards.
Excellent size. Runs hard downhill and can pick and slide and find creases. Good vision, leg churn and contact balance to finish runs. Tough and physical -- squares his shoulders to the line and will seek to deliver punishment. Nice balance and agility. Can power through arm tackles. Good production. Has a strong support structure and strong character.
Average speed. Tends to run a bit upright. Can do a better job of securing the ball tightly -- will flag it. Limited make-you-miss. Lacks home-run speed to pull away from the pack. Is not a nuanced pass protector -- developing eyes and awareness. Could improve sustain. Inconsistent catcher. Has missed games in three of the last four seasons with knee, ankle and back injuries and will struggle to make it through a season healthy.
A competitive, inside power runner with a hard, upright running style that could lend itself to injuries in the pros. Could carve a role as a solid backup and function well between the tackles in a rotation.