No. 27 Oakland Raiders
|Date of birth:March 26, 1985|
|Place of birth: Forest, Virginia|
|High school: Lynchburg (VA) Liberty|
|NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 7 / Pick: 250|
|Debuted in 2009 for the Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Rashad Andre Jennings (born March 26, 1985) is an American football running back for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Liberty.
He went to Pittsburgh in 2005 and became only the fourth true freshman running back to start there. However, his father became ill, and he transferred to Liberty to be closer to home in spring 2006. He was suspended for the first two games of the 2007 season due to a rules violation concerning a campus housing stipend. Despite this, he excelled at Liberty, setting a Big South Conference record with 3,633 yards with 42 TDs and a 5.7 yards per carry average.
2009 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 1 in||231 lb||4.59 s||1.53 s||2.59 s||4.20 s||6.79 s||34 in||10 ft 0 in||29 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
After being coached by the Jacksonville Jaguars' staff during the 2009 Senior Bowl, Jennings was selected by them in the seventh round (250th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He scored his first career touchdown in Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs, rushing for 28 yards. In 2011, he suffered a concussion in the first preseason game, and then injured his knee in the third pre-season game. After the preseason, he was placed on injured reserve, ending his 2011 season.
Jennings was named the starting running back for the team's 2012 regular season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. This was due to a contract holdout by Maurice Jones-Drew, who reported to the team just one week before the game. Jones-Drew returned to the starting lineup the following week against the Houston Texans. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve on December 24, 2012.
Jennings is the backup running back to Darren McFadden. McFadden, the often injured running back, missed many games the 2013 season, thus Jennings became the starting running back weeks 5, 10, 11, 12, (Jennings was injured week 14 against the Jets so fullback Marcel Reece got the starting nod that day) and 15. Jennings saw his best rushing game of the season on week 11 against Houston where he rushed 22 times for 150 yards (6.8 ypc) with one touchdown. He also broke out for an 80 yard play that game.
- Mark Berman (2008-11-08). "Jennings earns attention". Retrieved 2011-09-06.
- Vito Stellino (2011-08-22). "Rashad Jennings, Clint Session return to practice after concussions". Retrieved 2011-09-06.
- Tania Ganguli (2011-09-04). "Jaguars lose Rashad Jennings for year, deal for cornerback". Retrieved 2011-09-06.
- Raiders Add RB Rashad Jennings