Ivory with the New York Jets in 2015
|No. 33 Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Birth name:||Christopher Lee Ivory|
|Date of birth:||March 22, 1988|
|Place of birth:||Longview, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||224 lb (102 kg)|
|High school:||Longview (TX)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2016|
Christopher Lee Ivory (born March 22, 1988) is an American football running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and has also played on the New York Jets. He played college football at Washington State and Tiffin.
Ivory earned letters in both football and track and field in high school at Longview High School in Longview, Texas, playing on a team that also included future NFL players Trent Williams, Malcolm Kelly, and Robert Henson. He was listed as a two-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Ivory played three years for Washington State. Limited by injuries, in 22 games he had 91 rushes for 534 yards and four touchdowns, as well as 23 kickoff returns averaging 22.8 yards. When the coaches who had recruited him were replaced by a new coaching staff, Ivory found himself far down on the Cougars' depth chart. In August 2009, he was dismissed from the Washington State team for violating team rules.
Ivory then transferred to Tiffin University, a Division II school in Tiffin, Ohio, whose team was coached by Dave Walkosky, a former Washington State assistant coach. In Ivory's final year of college football, he had 39 rushes for 223 yards in five games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Walkosky attempted to obtain a medical redshirt exemption to allow Ivory to play another year, but this was unsuccessful. Despite his brief stint at Tiffin University, Ivory's performance and speed attracted attention from NFL scouts, and he was thought to have a chance of becoming the first Tiffin University player to be drafted by the NFL. The Saints became interested in Ivory, despite his injuries, after one of their scouts was impressed by Walkosky's enthusiastic recommendations.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 11 1⁄2 in||222 lb||4.49 s||1.54 s||2.60 s||4.60 s||7.20 s||36 in||9 ft 11 in|
|All values from NFL Combine|
New Orleans Saints
Ivory was not drafted during the 2010 NFL Draft, but he reached a deal with the Saints immediately after the draft, and signed as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2010. He had an impressive performance in training camp and preseason games, highlighted by a strong performance against the San Diego Chargers that included a 76-yard touchdown on a swing pass.
Early season injuries to Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas left Ivory as the Saints' starting running back. He had a breakout game in Week 6 against Tampa Bay: his 158 yards on 15 carries were the most by any Saints running back since Deuce McAllister rushed for 165 yards in a 2003 game, and the most by a Saints rookie since a 179-yard effort by Ricky Williams in 1999. The performance earned him awards as both Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week and FedEx Ground Player of the Week. Another strong performance in Week 11, with 23 rushes for 99 yards in a 34-19 win over against Seattle, led Seahawks coach Pete Carroll to call Ivory "a freaking stud out there." Ivory ended the regular season with 137 rushes for 716 yards, which led the team, and 5 touchdowns, but he also suffered repeated injuries during the year; after a foot injury in the Saints' last regular season game, he was placed on the injured reserve list and was unable to play in the post-season.
Ivory spent the first six games of the 2011 season on the PUP list; after he was activated, he played in six games, with 79 rushes for 374 yards, and 22 carries for 70 yards in the Saints' two playoff games. In May 2012, the Saints paid Ivory an additional signing bonus to make up for the income he lost on the PUP list. He became a restricted free agent after the 2012 season.
New York Jets
On September 7, 2014, he had a 71-yd touchdown run. It was the second longest touchdown run in Jets history; Bruce Harper ran for 78 yards in 1983.
On October 4, 2015, during an NFL International Series matchup against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium, Ivory rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown, setting a career high in rushing yards. Ivory won the AFC rushing title in the 2015 season beating Latavius Murray by four yards, finishing the year with 1,070 rushing yards and his first Pro Bowl selection. He was ranked 78th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.
On October 16, 2016, Ivory had 11 carries for 32-yards and scored his first rushing touchdown as the Jaguars defeated the Bears 17-16.
Career awards and highlights
- Pro Bowl selection (2015)
- PFWA All-AFC selection (2015)
- AFC rushing yards leader (2015)
- 4× FedEx Ground Player of the Week
(Week 6, 2010, Week 7, 2013, Week 4, 2015, Week 6, 2015)
- Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week (Week 6, 2010)
- NFL All-Rookie Team (2010)
- "Chris Ivory Pro Football Reference Profile". pro-football-reference.com.
- Les Carpenter, "RB Ivory goes from nowhere to New Orleans", Yahoo! Sports, December 16, 2010.
- "Chris Ivory Recruiting Profile". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
- "Chris Ivory Recruiting Profile". Scout.com. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
- "RB Chris Ivory dismissed by Washington State". Seattle Times. August 11, 2009.
- Zach Baker, "TU’s Ivory becoming valuable NFL resource: Tiffin running back could be first player in program drafted" Archived September 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, March 20, 2010.
- Zach Baker, "TU’s Ivory signed by Saints" Archived May 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, April 25, 2010.
- "Former Washington State player Chris Ivory has big night for New Orleans Saints in exhibition-game victory", Seattle Times, August 27, 2010.
- "Saints find another gem in Ivory, who leads triumph over Chargers", AP at NFL.com, August 27, 2010.
- Nakia Hogan, "New Orleans Saints RB Chris Ivory taking nothing for granted", Times-Picayune, August 28, 2010.
- Jeff Duncan, "Chris Ivory's breakout game leads New Orleans Saints to win", Times-Picayune, October 17, 2010.
- Sheldon Mickles, "RB Ivory wins weekly FedEx, Pepsi honors", The Advocate, October 22, 2010.
- Danny O'Neil, "Penalty on Seahawks' Raheem Brock is boon for Saints; Notebook", Seattle Times, November 21, 2010.
- "Chris Ivory has been placed on injured reserve by the New Orleans Saints", Times-Picayune, January 4, 2011.
- Brian McIntyre, "Saints add signing bonus to Chris Ivory's contract", NFL.com, May 27, 2012.
- Cimini, Rich (26 April 2013). "Jets acquire RB Chris Ivory". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on 26 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
- Copeland, Kareem (27 April 2013). "Chris Ivory, New York Jets agree to $10M contract". National Football League. Archived from the original on 27 April 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- No. 78 Chris Ivory
- Oehser, John (March 10, 2016). "Chris Ivory: "The place for me"". Jaguars.com. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
- "NFL Player Profile:Chris Ivory". NFL.com. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
- "Jets' Chris Ivory named to All-AFC team by PFWA". foxsports.com. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
- "AFC Player Rushing Statistics - 2015". ESPN.com.