Darius Reynaud #24 RB
Height: 5-9 Weight: 208 Age: 28
Born: 12/29/1984 Luling , LA
College: West Virginia
Experience: 5th season
High School: Hahnville HS [Boutte, LA]
A talented and speedy open-field runner, Reynaud is actually a running back disguised as a receiver. But whether carrying, catching or returning the ball, he has put up impressive numbers.
Even though he played only three seasons for the Mountaineers, he ranks fifth in school history with 133 receptions and tied for third in WVU annals with 19 touchdown catches. His kickoff return average of 26.81 yards ranks second in school annals while his 1,126 yards gained on those returns ranks sixth. The 2007 season saw him grab 64 passes, the fourth-best season total by a West Virginia receiver. His 12 scoring grabs that year tied the school single-season record.
With a new coaching staff in place and a young daughter at home, Reynaud made the difficult decision to leave West Virginia for the National Football League. As a Proposition 48 student, he was scheduled to graduate in May and subsequently earn back the year of eligibility he lost in 2004-05. He has been engaged for more than a year to his long-time girlfriend and cited family reasons for his decision to leave. "I have to feed my daughter," he said last month. "Every time I step on the field, that's my motivation."
At Hahnville High School, Reynaud was a first-team All-State, All-District, All-6-5A and All-River Parish selection. He was named MVP of the Louisiana state championship game, as he led the squad to the Class 5A state title and an undefeated season (15-0). He had 236 carries for 1,889 yards and 37 touchdowns as a senior, with nine 100-yard rushing games, earning St. Charles Herald Parish Offensive MVP recognition. He also excelled in track, winning the Louisiana state long jump championship (24.5 feet).
Academic problems forced Reynaud to sit out the 2004 season at West Virginia. In 2005, he started seven of 12 games at slot receiver, ranking second on the team with 30 receptions for 297 yards (9.9 avg) and five touchdowns. He carried nine times for 86 yards (9.6 avg) and a score, adding 102 yards on four kickoff returns (25.5 avg) and one solo tackle.
The following year, Reynaud received All-Big East Conference second-team honors. He ranked 14th in the nation with a 27.1-yard average on 30 kickoff returns for 813 yards (third-best single-season total in school history). He led the Mountaineers with 39 catches for 520 yards (13.3 avg) and two touchdowns. He also rushed 14 times for 221 yards (15.8 avg), gaining 1,554 all-purpose yards, the third-best total in the league.
Reynaud earned first-team All-Big East honors from The NFL Draft Report and Rivals.com, but just second-team accolades from the league's coaches. He led the team with 733 yards and 12 touchdowns on 64 receptions (11.5 avg). He collected 211 yards on eight kickoff returns (26.4 avg) and 103 yards with a score on 11 rushing attempts (9.4 avg). His 12 scoring grabs tied the school single-season record and his 64 catches tied for fourth on the annual record list.
Reynaud started 32 of 38 games for West Virginia, including 13 at split end, 13 at flanker and six at slot receiver. He hauled in 133 passes for 1,550 yards (11.7 avg) with 19 touchdowns. He carried 34 times for 410 yards (12.1 avg) and two scores. He returned 42 kickoffs for 1,126 yards (26.8 avg) and a touchdown. He also recorded two solo tackles, as he became the 10th player in school history to gain more than 3,000 all-purpose yards (3,086) in a career.