Jordan Todman

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Jordan Todman
No. 30 Carolina Panthers
Position: Running back / return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-02-24) February 24, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth: New Bedford, Massachusetts
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Dartmouth (MA)
College: Connecticut
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 6 / Pick: 183
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • 2010 Big East Offensive Player of the Year
  • All-Big East First Team (2010)
  • All-Big East Second Team (2009)
  • All-American (2010)
  • Rivals 1st Team All-American (2010)
  • Sporting News 1st Team All-American (2010)
  • AP 2nd Team All-American (2010)
  • Walter Camp 2nd Team All-American (2010)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Rushing yards: 450
Rushing average: 4.1
Rushing touchdowns: 3
Receiving yards: 314
Receiving touchdowns: 2
Kickoff return yards: 1,762
Stats at

Jordan Todman (born February 24, 1990) is an American football running back and kickoff returner for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Connecticut.

Todman has also played for the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Early career[edit]

Todman attended Dartmouth High School in Massachusetts, where he played football and ran track. He graduated in 2008. In his senior season in 2007, Todman led Dartmouth to a 12-1 record, their lone loss coming in the Division 1 State Championship game, where they lost 34-28 in double overtime to perennial power Everett. Including Todman, the 2007 Dartmouth football team had 4 players who played Division 1 college football on scholarship; Jordan Todman (Connecticut), Arthur Lynch (Georgia), Sean Sylvia (Boston College), and Justin Mello (New Hampshire) Todman earned All-State honors twice, and was named the Boston Globe Player of the Year during his senior season.[1]

In track & field, Todman was a state qualifier in the 100-meters. At the 2007 Eastern MA Div 2 Champs, he took gold in the 100-meter dash event, recording a personal-best time of 10.92 seconds.[2] He also competed in jumps.[3]

Despite finishing his high school career as the second leading rusher in Massachusetts state history (behind only Jo Jo Goodine of New Bedford).[4] many recruiting sites and college coaches thought he would be best suited to play defense.[5] Despite late interest from Penn State and Boston College, only Connecticut, Purdue and Northeastern offered scholarships. On December 16, 2007, after finishing an official visit to Boston College, Todman committed to play running back for Connecticut.[6]

College career[edit]

Todman missed the first two games of his freshman season with a shoulder injury, and made his debut with 81 yards rushing and a touchdown in a UConn victory over Virginia.[7] He would spend the rest of the year as the backup to All-American running back, Donald Brown, and would finish the year with 296 rushing yards and three touchdowns.[1]
After Brown left for the NFL, Todman was promoted to starting running back for his sophomore season. Before the season began, he was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list.[8] Despite splitting carries with Andre Dixon, Todman lead the Huskies with 1,188 rushing yards. He gained over 100 yards in a game five times, including running for 162 yards with 4 touchdowns in a 47–45 loss to Cincinnati. In addition to his running back duties, Todman was also the primary kick returner. In the Huskies victory over Notre Dame, he returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.[1] After the season, he was named second team All-Big East.
With Dixon's graduation at the end of the 2009 season, Todman entered his junior season as the team's primary running back. Just as the previous year, he was once again named to the Doak Walker Award watch list.[9] During the regular season, Todman ran for over 100 yards in 9 of the 11 games he played (he missed the Huskies game against Buffalo with an elbow injury). He set a career high when he ran for 222 yards during a nationally televised game on ESPN against Pittsburgh, on the same day it was announced that he was not named a semi-finalist for the Doak Walker Award. At the end of the regular season, he had 1,574 rushing yards on 302 carriers and 14 rushing touchdowns. Connecticut finished in a three-way tie for the Big East Conference with West Virginia and Pittsburgh, but Connecticut won the tie-breakers and played the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. After the season, Todman was the unanimous selection as Big East Conference's Offensive Player of the Year.[10]

After the Fiesta Bowl, Todman announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft [11]

College Stats[edit]

Year Team Att Yards Average TDs Receptions Yards TDs
2008 Connecticut 47 296 6.3 3 2 4 0
2009 Connecticut 235 1,188 5.1 14 21 185 0
2010 Connecticut 334 1,695 5.1 14 19 94 0
College Totals 616 3,179 5.2 31 42 283 0

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Todman was selected in the sixth round with the 183rd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. He was waived on October 22 and re-signed to the practice squad.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Todman was signed off of the Chargers practice squad by the Minnesota Vikings on December 28, 2011. On August 31, 2012 as the Vikings reduced their roster down to league maximum of 53 players, he was released and subsequently added to the practice squad the next day.[12][13]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Todman was signed off the Vikings practice squad by the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 27, 2012. He scored his first career touchdown on September 22, 2013 against the Seattle Seahawks. Perhaps the most memorable play from Todman in 2013 was a double pass from the hand of Ace Sanders to Todman who recorded his first career receiving touchdown against the Houston Texans.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On March 30, 2015, Todman was signed to a one-year deal by the Carolina Panthers.


  1. ^ a b c "Jordan Todman UConn bio". 
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  5. ^ Hammerman, Ethan. "An inside look at RB Jordan Todman". Sportsblogs, Inc. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Brown, David (18 December 2007). "Todman verbally commits to UConn". The Standard-Times. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Malafronte, Chip (14 September 2008). "Almost Perfect". New Haven Register. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "The 2009 Doak Walker Award Candidates Announced". Archived from the original on 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  9. ^ "2010 Doak Walker Award Candidates Announced" (PDF). Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "BIG EAST Announces 2010 Postseason Football Honors". BIG EAST Conference. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  11. ^ Malafronte, Chip (2 January 2011). "UCONN FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Jordan Todman declares for NFL Draft". New Haven Register. 
  12. ^ Craig, Mark. "Chris Carr, Sage Rosenfels surprises among Vikings' final cuts". Star Tribune. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Wobschall, Mike. "Making Moves: Vikings Tweak Roster". 

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