Jahvid Best

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Jahvid Best
Jahvid Best at 2009 Cal Fan Appreciation Day 1.JPG
Best in August 2009
No. 44
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-01-30) January 30, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Vallejo, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Richmond (CA) Salesian
College: California
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
Debuted in 2010 for the Detroit Lions
Last played in 2012 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 945
Average 3.7
Rushing TDs 6
Receptions 85
Receiving yards 774
Receiving TDs 3
Stats at NFL.com

Jahvid Andre Best (born January 30, 1989)[1] is a former American football running back of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at California, setting several school records, including most all-purpose yards in a single season and most rushing yards in a single game. Best also led the Pac-10 in total rushing yards in 2008.

High school career[edit]

Best attended Salesian High School in Richmond, California, where he played for the Salesian Chieftains high school football team. In his junior year in 2005 he had 1,495 rushing yards on 138 attempts with 20 touchdowns as Salesian won the North Coast Section championship to conclude a 12–1 season. In his senior year, Best ran for 3,325 yards and 48 touchdowns, both Bay Area single-season records.[1] Salesian once again made it to the NCS finals, but lost in the final game to St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School of Vallejo. Best received scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, USC, and Washington among others, before ultimately committing to California in 2006.[2]

Track and field[edit]

Best ran track as well, participating in the Arcadia Invitational in his junior and senior years. As a junior, he won the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.36 seconds with an injured foot.[3] At the 2006 CIF California State Meet, he finished third in the 200 metres behind Bryshon Nellum and Devin Mays. As a senior he won the Arcadia Invitational 200 meter dash with a time of 21.40 seconds.[4] Also during his senior year, Best won the CIF California State Meet 100 meters with a discounted wind assisted (2.4 m/s) time of 10.31,[5] ahead of Charles Saseun and Randall Carroll. In the 200 metres, Best was runner-up (20.65) to Nellum (20.43), both far ahead of the competition. Best finished his senior season with personal bests of 10.31 and 20.65, the 5th and 2nd fastest times in the nation respectively.[6]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
100 meters 10.31 Sacramento, California June 2, 2007
200 meters 20.8 Sacramento, California June 2, 2007
400 meters 49.2 Palo Alto, California March 31, 2007

College career[edit]

Best received scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, USC, and Washington among others, before ultimately committing to California in 2006.[2]

2007[edit]

As a true freshman in 2007, Best was the primary backup to Justin Forsett. On only 29 carries, Best had 221 rushing yards, and 2 touchdowns. Best also caught 13 passes for 174 yards and a receiving touchdown. Best was selected as the team's Most Valuable Freshman as well as the team's J. Scott Duncan Award (Most Valuable Special Teams Player).

2008[edit]

Best quickly got the nation's attention in the season opener against Michigan State on August 30. Best had 111 yards on 24 carries including a touchdown. His breakout game came on September 6 in a 66-3 Cal win against Washington State, having two touchdown runs of 80 and 86 yards, respectively. Best finished the game with exactly 200 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns.

Best struggled the following week against Maryland. This was mostly due to California falling behind early, therefore limiting Best's touches, due to a change in game plan by the Bears. Although he returned to form against Colorado State, he dislocated his elbow and would miss the next game against Arizona State.[7] He returned for the Arizona game, and dashed for a 67 yard score that put the Bears ahead in the second quarter.[8] He would rack up 140 all purpose yards against the Wildcats.

Best carries the ball during the Big Game

After two more impressive outings against UCLA and Oregon, where he averaged over six yards per carry, Best was held to only 30 yards against the USC Trojans. Following a 201-yard rushing game against the Stanford Cardinal in the 2008 Big Game on 19 carries, Best became the seventh consecutive 1,000 rusher for Cal since Jeff Tedford became head coach in 2002. During the last game of the regular season versus Washington on December 6, Best became the first Cal player to rush for over 300 yards in a game and ended the regular season as the Pac-10's leading rusher, beating out Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers.

A 186-yard, two touchdown performance in the 2008 Emerald Bowl earned him Offensive MVP honors for the game. Best finished the 2008 season with 1,580 rushing yards, an 8.1-yard per carry average, and 15 touchdowns.

2009[edit]

Best carries the ball against Eastern Washington in September 2009
Best at the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl.

On January 15, 2009 Best underwent surgery to tighten a ligament that had been injured when he dislocated his left elbow against Colorado State on September 27, 2008. This was followed up by foot surgery on January 23 to relieve irritation that was caused when Best bruised his foot halfway through the 2008 season. He missed spring football practice as a result.[9] Best was named as the most explosive player in college football by Rivals.com in February 2009.[10] In early June Best was able to participate in team summer workouts without pain.[11] Entering his junior year, Best's breakout sophomore year caused early speculation of him being a future Heisman candidate and top running back prospect.[12][13]

In Cal's season opener against Maryland, Best rushed for 137 yards and had two rushing touchdowns in the Bears' 52-13 victory. On September 12 against Eastern Washington, he rushed for 144 yards and one touchdown, and had one 22 yard receiving touchdown. On September 19 against Minnesota he ran for 131 yards and all of Cal's five touchdowns in the victory, a personal best and a modern school record.[14] He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week and Rivals.com National Player of the Week.[15][16] However, the next week Best was held to 55 rushing yards and no touchdowns on 16 carries against the Oregon Ducks.[17] The following week he was held to 48 yards on 15 carries against the #7 Trojans, also unable to find the end zone. On October 17, Best recorded both his longest run and longest reception against UCLA in California's 45-26 victory over the Bruins.

Best was injured during the second quarter of Cal's November 7 matchup against Oregon State. In the process of scoring a rushing touchdown, he hurdled a defender into the end zone and was accidentally pushed by a second Oregon State defender in mid-air, causing him to land on the back of his head with his helmet coming off. The play resulted in a concussion for Best.[18][19] After a 13-minute game delay, Best was taken off the field on a stretcher to the Highland General Hospital in Oakland. This was his second concussion in two weeks, following a mild concussion received the previous week against Arizona State. He was released the next day.[20] and did not play the following week's game against Arizona, although he appeared as an honorary team captain. Best would miss the rest of the regular season. On December 16, head coach Jeff Tedford announced that Best would not play in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl, stating that "'to get him back in game-ready form I don't feel like that's something that we can get done to have him ready to play.'"[21] Best announced on January 2, 2010 that he would forego his senior year and enter the NFL draft.[22]

Statistics[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Year Team Games-Games Started Carries Yards Average Long TDs
2007 Cal 10-0 29 221 7.6 64 2
2008 Cal 12-12 194 1,580 8.1 86 15
2009 Cal 8-8 141 867 6.1 93 12
Totals[23][24][25] 30-20 364 2,668 7.3 93 29

Receiving[edit]

Year Team Games-Games Started Receptions Yards Average Long TDs
2007 Cal 10-0 13 74 5.7 16 1
2008 Cal 12-12 27 246 9.1 42 1
2009 Cal 8-8 22 213 9.7 22 4
Totals 30-20 62 533 8.6 42 6

Records[edit]

  • Cal record for most rushing yards in a single game at 311, achieved on December 6, 2008 against the Washington Huskies[26]
  • Second highest Cal single season rushing record with 1,580 yards in 2008, second to J. J. Arrington's record of 2,018 yards in 2004
  • Most all purpose yards in a single season (2008) with 2,247 total yards
  • 2008 Emerald Bowl rushing record with 186 yards
  • Set a modern era Cal record for most rushing touchdowns in a single game with five scored against Minnesota on September 19, 2009. Dick Dunn rushed for six in 1922.[27]

Professional career[edit]

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 10 in 199 lb 31¾ in 9 in 4.35 s 1.48 s 2.05 s 4.17 s 6.75 s 32.5 in 9 ft 5 in 18 reps 24
All values from NFL Combine[28][29]

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Best tied for the sixth fastest overall 40 yard dash time and was the fastest among running backs.[30] He was selected in a pick trade from the Minnesota Vikings by the Detroit Lions 30th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. Regarding the pick, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said, "Some people watch adult videos on their computer... I go to YouTube and watch Jahvid Best highlight clips. That’s what gets me going."[31]

Detroit Lions[edit]

2010 season[edit]

Best signed a five year, $9.8 million contract with the Lions on July 30.[32]

Best started 15 games, scoring his first career NFL rushing touchdowns in the regular season opener on September 12 against the Chicago Bears. His best game of the season came the following week in a 35-32 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he had 78 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, and 154 receiving yards, including a 75-yard touchdown reception. He had more limited production for the rest of the season mainly due to a turf toe injury, with a career-low 2 rushing yards in Week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys, and did not score any further rushing touchdowns, although he had a 53-yard receiving touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in Week 16 during the Lions' four-game winning streak.

2011 season[edit]

Best suffered a concussion on his second carry in the Lions third pre-season game of the season on August 19, a 30-28 win versus the Cleveland Browns.[33] On Monday Night Football on October 10 against the Chicago Bears, Best had his first 100-yard game, rushing for 163 yards and a career long 88-yard touchdown run. During the second half of the Lions 25-19 loss to San Francisco on October 16, Best suffered another concussion,[34] the last game (pre- or regular season) Best has played in the NFL. On November 25, Best was placed on IR due to post concussion symptoms.[35]

2012 season[edit]

On November 3, 2012, Best was placed on injured reserve due to continuing post-concussion issues, ending his season without playing in any pre- or regular season games.[36]

As of late November, 2012, Best has been undergoing 'cognitive therapy' to treat his 'post-concussive symptoms',[37] hoping to return to the field for the 2013 season.[38]

2013 season[edit]

On July 17, 2013, Best was released by the Lions. His health problems, due to his numerous concussions, disabled him from making it back to the field at any time during the 2012 season. Due to the inactivity of the 2012 season, Best was released.[39]

Career Statistics[edit]

Season Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2011 Detroit Lions 6 6 84 390 4.6 88T 2 27 287 10.6 60 1 0 0
2010 Detroit Lions 16 9 171 555 3.2 45 4 58 487 8.4 75T 2 1 1
Total 22 15 255 945 3.7 88 6 85 774 9.1 75 3 1 1

Source:[40]

Coaching career[edit]

Best joined the Cal Bears coaching staff in January 2014.[41]

Personal[edit]

Best's name is a combination of Jah and the last syllable of his father's name, David. His father is originally from St. Lucia and he has one sister named Laurie who is currently attending California State University, Sacramento.[42]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b California Golden Bears Football
  2. ^ a b "Jahvid Best Profile - Football Recruiting (rivals.com)". Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  3. ^ "39th Arcadia Invitational - Results Boys". Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  4. ^ "40th Arcadia Invitational - Results Boys". Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  5. ^ "CIF State Track and Field Championships - 6/1/2007 to 6/2/2007". Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  6. ^ http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/lists/display_list.php?list_id=6&sex_id=M&year=2007
  7. ^ Cal's Best Not Good Enough
  8. ^ Arizona upsets No. 25 Cal
  9. ^ "Jahvid Best Selected as the Nation's Most Explosive Player". Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  10. ^ "College football's 10 most explosive players". Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  11. ^ Kroichick, Ron (2009-06-10). "Best news is . . . he's running again". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  12. ^ "2011 NFL Draft RB ranking", CBS Sports, retrieved February 8, 2010 
  13. ^ Ratto, Ray (2008-09-08). "There's a new blip on radar screen of Heisman voters". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  14. ^ "Cal Football Post-Game Notes - at Minnesota (Saturday, September 19)". University of California. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  15. ^ "Best a cut above the rest in Week 3". Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  16. ^ "Best, Butler and Folk Named Pac-10 Football Players of the Week". Retrieved 2009-09-22. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Masoli tosses three TDs as Oregon runs over Cal". ESPN.com. September 26, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  18. ^ Kroichick, Ron (2009-11-08). "Best released from hospital". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  19. ^ Hosseini AH, Lifshitz J. Brain Injury Forces of Moderate Magnitude Elicit the Fencing Response. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., 2009;41(9):1687–97.
  20. ^ McCauley, Janie (2009-11-07). "Cal RB Jahvid Best hurt on touchdown". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2009-11-08. [dead link]
  21. ^ "Washington rolls to 42-10 romp over No. 19 Cal". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  22. ^ "Cal’s Jahvid Best to leave school to enter draft". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  23. ^ Yahoo Player Profile
  24. ^ Cal Football Stats
  25. ^ Jahvid Best on CFBStats
  26. ^ "Cal vs. Washington Game Notes". University of California. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  27. ^ Simmons, Rusty (2009-09-20). "Best's day is one for record book". SFGate.com. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  28. ^ "Jahvid Best Combine Profile", NFL.com, retrieved February 27, 2010 
  29. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/jahvid-best?id=497147
  30. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Top Performers". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  31. ^ "Lions, Schwartz aggressively fill needs". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  32. ^ "Lions sign first-round pick Jahvid Best as training camp opens". MLive.com. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  33. ^ Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 30-28
  34. ^ Lions' Jahvid Best out for rest of season; career in jeopardy?
  35. ^ "Detroit Lions to place leading rusher Jahvid Best on injured reserve - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  36. ^ "Jahvid Best won't play for Detroit Lions this season". NFL.com. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  37. ^ Detroit Free Press: 'Jeff Seidel: Lions' Jahvid Best doing brain workouts in attempt to return'
  38. ^ detroitlions.com: 'Jahvid Best, recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, vows to return to football'
  39. ^ <http://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-insider/article-1/Twentyman-Lions-release-of-RB-Jahvid-Best-a-sad-story/19169546-1602-487b-9c13-3cb978c08ae7>
  40. ^ Jahvid Best  . "Jahvid Best, RB for the Detroit Lions at". Nfl.com. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  41. ^ Report: Jahvid Best joins Cal staff
  42. ^ Kroichick, Ron (2009-08-11). "Profile: Jahvid Best". sfgate.com. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Justin Forsett
Cal Starting Running Back
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Shane Vereen
Preceded by
Kevin Smith
Detroit Lions Starting Running Back
2010-2012
Succeeded by
Reggie Bush