No. 39 Houston Texans
|Date of birth:November 18, 1986|
|Place of birth: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|High school: Oklahoma City (OK) Putnam City North|
|College: Southern Illinois|
|NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 180|
|Debuted in 2010 for the Jacksonville Jaguars|
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Abdul-Gafar Olatokumbo Ayodeji Lamar "Deji" Karim (/ / DAY-zhee kə-REEM; born November 18, 1986) is a running back for the Houston Texans. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010. He played college football for Southern Illinois and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
High School career
Karim attended Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City where he was teammates with St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. He earned all state honors his senior year after he rushed for more than 2,000 yards and scored 28 TDs as a senior. He was not offered a scholarship although he did have interest from schools such as Colorado State, Kansas State, SMU, and Oklahoma State.
Karim played two seasons (2005, 2006) at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. In those two seasons he rushed for 1,972 yards on 328 carries with 25 touchdowns. He also had 25 receptions for 315 yards and a receiving touchdown.
Karim then transferred to Southern Illinois. He led the Salukis in 2007 with eight rushing touchdowns, but missed the 2008 season with a knee injury. The 2009 season brought him national recognition as he led the Football Championship Subdivision with 1,694 rushing yards and guided Southern Illinois to the No. 1 national ranking for three weeks, its second-straight Missouri Valley Football Conference Championship and the Elite Eight of the FCS Playoffs. Karim broke the SIU single-season record for all-purpose yards (2,339) and averaged 30.9 yards on 14 kickoff returns with one touchdown. He was named a first team All-American by four different services and was the MVFC Offensive Player of the Year. Karim finished third in the voting for the 2009 Walter Payton Award (awarded annually to the most outstanding offensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision).
He finished his career at Southern Illinois with 2,080 rushing yards, 26 rushing touchdowns, 10 career 100-yard rushing games and averaged 6.58 yards per carry. Karim only fumbled once in 351 career touches.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 8½ in||209 lb||4.37 s||1.45 s||2.45 s||4.33 s||6.95 s||43 in||10 ft 3 in||19 reps|
|All values from SIU Pro Day (March 18, 2010)|
In July 2010, Karim signed a 4-year $1.9 million deal with the Jaguars. During the 2010 season, Karim was used primarily as a returner and was the Jaguars 3rd running back on the depth chart. Karim had 50 kick returns and averaged 25 yards per return. On limited carries he produced 160 Yards during his rookie season.
On April 27, 2012, Karim was released by the Jaguars.
On May 15, 2013 Karim signed with the Houston Texans. On Sept 1,2013, Karim was cut from the final roster of the Texans. On October 28, 2013 Karim signed with Houston Texans once again due to an injuries to Arian Foster and Ben Tate.
|Year||Carries||Yards||Rushing Touchdowns||Yards Per Carry||Receptions||Yards||Receiving Touchdowns||Return Yards||Return Touchdowns||Fumbles|
- "Deji Karim". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
- "Jaguars waive six players". Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- Texans sign RB Deji Karim, C Tyler Horn