Played running back and defensive back as a Mississippi prep, rushing for 1,915 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior. Also was a track standout, earning state titles in both the 100 and 200 meters. Originally committed to Auburn before staying home to play for Mississippi State. After sitting out in 2009 as a redshirt, he played in 13 games for the Bulldogs in 2010 and rushed 101 times for 566 yards (5.6-yard average) and three touchdowns with nine receptions for 247 yards (27.4) and three touchdowns. Also was used on special teams, returning 14 kickoffs for 281 yards (20.0) and no touchdowns and one punt for 16 yards and no TDs. Backed up Colts RB Vick Ballard in 2011, when he played in 13 games and had 87 rushes for 422 yards (4.9) and two TDs and 13 catches for 59 yards and two TDs; also returned 16 kickoffs for 363 yards (22.7) and no TDs. Moved into the starting lineup in 2012 and had 205 rushes for 1,024 yards (5.0) and eight TDs; 19 catches for 160 yards and two TDs; and 16 kickoff returns for 325 yards (20.3) and no TDs in 12 starts. Crossed the goal line in each of his first seven starts and had four 100-yard efforts. His 1,509 all-purpose yards were the fifth-highest total in school history. Missed one game with an injured left quad. Sprained an ankle in the 2013 season opener and was hobbled by the injury all year, totaling 137 rushes for 542 yards and two TDs and 27 catches for 248 yards and three TDs in 12 starts. Missed one game due to the ankle injury. Concluded his college career ranking second in school history in all-purpose yards (4,253) and fifth in rushing (2,554). Team captain.
Compact and muscular. Strong hips. Quick-footed and shifty. Good acceleration from static start. Short-area burst is best asset. Stops and starts quickly. Darts through holes. Hits another gear when he gets into the second level. Competitive speed. Willing blocker. Led team in all-purpose yards as redshirt freshman. Well-respected team captain with outstanding football and personal character.
Lacks ideal bulk to handle a heavy workload week to week. Has some hip tightness. Average eyes and instincts. Not a pile mover. Tends to pitter patter instead of pressing the hole. Gears down to cut. Did not put the ball on the ground often, but carries loosely and at times in the wrong hand.
Undersized, competitive, change-of-pace back who was bothered by an ankle injury as a senior, but offers enough of a balanced skill set, including good acceleration, to be a better pro than college player. Evaluators would benefit to revisit junior tape for best indication of his ability.