Rashad Jennings

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Rashad Jennings
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Jennings in 2014
No. 23, 27
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1985-03-26) March 26, 1985 (age 33)
Forest, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school: Liberty Christian Academy
(Lynchburg, Virginia)
College: Liberty
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 7 / Pick: 250
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 3,772
Rushing average: 4.1
Rushing touchdowns: 23
Receptions: 191
Receiving yards: 1,469
Receiving touchdowns: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

Rashad Andre Jennings (born March 26, 1985) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He also played for the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants. Jennings played college football at Liberty.

High school career[edit]

Jennings began his high school career at Jefferson Forest High School in his hometown, Forest, Virginia. As a fifth string running back, he didn't play in a game until the last game of his junior year. As a self-described "270 lb. chubby kid with asthma and glasses", Jennings finally played after the first four running backs ahead of him on the depth chart went down with injuries. Even before putting in Jennings, his coach attempted to play a wide receiver at running back. On his first handoff he ran the ball in for a 30-yard touchdown. After a 40-yard rushing touchdown and scoring 2 more touchdowns on defense, Jennings was approached by a scout from the University of Tennessee who had come to see the starting running back. After inquiring about his grades and discovering Jennings had a 0.6 GPA, the scout said "Son, you have potential... Get your grades right!"

After the encouragement, Rashad transferred to Lynchburg Christian Academy. His older brothers offered to coach the football team since Rashad could not afford the tuition. At LCA, he would begin to shed some weight and take to learning after having to repeat his junior year. In his junior and senior year, he was a two-time All-VISAA Division II selection while totaling 3,287 yards and 56 touchdowns, including 1,978 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior, while also lettering twice in basketball.[1]

College career[edit]

Jennings began his college career at Pittsburgh in 2005, only the fourth true freshman running back to start there. However, Jennings transferred to Division I-FCS Liberty, in spring 2006, to be closer to his family. Though Jennings was suspended for the first two games of the 2007 season due to an internal violation, he set a Big South Conference record with 3,633 yards, 42 touchdowns, and averaged 5.7 yards per carry.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
231 lb
(105 kg)
4.59 s 1.53 s 2.59 s 4.20 s 6.79 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
29 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

After being coached by the Jacksonville Jaguars' staff during the 2009 Senior Bowl, Jennings was drafted by Jacksonville 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. After a promising rookie season, Jennings's 2011 season was cut short by injuries after suffering a concussion in the Jaguars' first preseason game,[3] and his knee injury two weeks later, Jennings was placed in injured reserve before the regular season began.[4]

Due to a contract holdout by starter Maurice Jones-Drew, Jennings was named the starting running back for the team's 2012 regular season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Jones-Drew returned to the starting lineup the following week Jennings resumed his role as a backup until a shoulder injury on December 24, 2012 landed him on injured reserve for the second consecutive year.[5]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Jennings was signed by the Oakland Raiders on April 11, 2013.[6]

Jennings started the 2013 season backing up starter Darren McFadden. McFadden spent much of the season on the sideline due to injuries, forcing Jennings to start eight games in his place. Jennings, a career backup, exceeded expectations as a starter and saw his best rushing game of the season in Week 11 against the Houston Texans where he rushed 22 times for 150 yards (6.8 ypc) and one touchdown on the end of an 80-yard rush.[7] Jennings finished the season with 733 rushing yards on 163 carries and six touchdowns.[8]

New York Giants[edit]

Jennings (center) in 2014

On March 12, 2014, Jennings signed a four-year, $14 million contract including $3 million guaranteed with the New York Giants.[9] Jennings quickly took over as starter, starting 9 games out of the 11 that he played. Jennings rushed for 639 yards on 167 carries and scored 4 rushing touchdowns.

Jennings started all 16 games in 2015, and set career highs in carries, rushing yards, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Jennings recorded 863 yards along with three touchdowns on 195 carries, as well as 296 yards and one receiving touchdown on 29 receptions. Jennings played his best football later in the season, besting his previous season highs in both carries and yards in each of his final four games, with 79 carries for 432 yards and 2 touchdowns in that stretch.

Jennings played in 13 games in 2016, rushing for 593 yards, his lowest total since 2013, and scored three touchdowns on 181 carries. He added 35 receptions for 201 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown in 2016.

On February 13, 2017, Jennings was released by the Giants.[10]

On December 8, 2017, Jennings announced his retirement from the NFL.[11]

Statistics[edit]

Season Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2009 Jacksonville Jaguars 15 0 39 202 5.2 28 1 16 101 6.3 14 0 0 0
2010 Jacksonville Jaguars 13 3 84 459 5.5 74 4 26 223 8.6 25 0 0 0
2011 Jacksonville Jaguars Did not play due to injury
2012 Jacksonville Jaguars 10 6 101 283 2.8 21 2 19 130 6.8 26 0 3 1
2013 Oakland Raiders 15 8 163 733 4.5 80 6 36 292 8.1 24 0 0 0
2014 New York Giants 11 9 167 639 3.8 18 4 30 226 7.5 27 0 1 1
2015 New York Giants 16 16 195 863 4.4 38 3 29 296 10.2 51 1 3 2
2016 New York Giants 13 12 181 593 3.3 25 3 35 201 5.7 24 1 1 0
Total 93 54 930 3,772 4.1 80 23 191 1,469 7.7 51 2 8 4

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

On March 1, 2017, Jennings was revealed as one of the contestants who would compete on Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars and was paired with professional dancer Emma Slater.[12] Jennings and Slater went on to win the competition on May 23, 2017. It was Slater's first win on the competition show and Jennings is the fourth NFL player to win the show.

In November 2017, Jennings returned to 25th season in Week eight,[13] to participate in a trio Cha-cha-cha with Drew Scott and his professional partner Emma Slater.[14]

In May 2018, Jennings returned to the ballroom as guest judge for Week 2 of season 26.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "24K Magic" 8 7 8 8 No Elimination
2 Viennese Waltz / "Suffer" 8 8 8 8 Safe
3 Samba / "Swalla" 7 7 7 7 Safe
4 Contemporary / "Unconditionally" 10 9 10 10 Safe
5 Foxtrot / "Evermore" 7 8 9 8 Safe
6 Tango / "Reach Out I'll Be There"
Team Freestyle / "Dancing Machine", "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" & "Best Song Ever"
9
8
9
8
101
91
9
8
Safe
7 Paso Doble / "O Fortuna"
Jive Dance-Off / "Gimme Some Lovin'"
9
Awarded
9
2
102
Extra
9
Points
Safe
8 Jive / "Shake a Tail Feather"
Trio Argentine Tango / "Dreams"
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
Last to be Called Safe
9
Semifinals
Rumba / "Say You Won't Let Go"
Quickstep / "Yes I Can"
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Viennese Waltz / "Dark Times"
Freestyle / "Let's Go" & "Uptown Funk"
Cha-cha-cha & Tango Fusion / "I Don't Like It, I Love It"
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
Winner

1 Score given by guest judge Nick Carter.
2 Score given by guest judge Mandy Moore.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rashad Jennings Incredible Journey to the NFL".
  2. ^ Mark Berman (2008-11-08). "Jennings earns attention". Archived from the original on 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  3. ^ Vito Stellino (August 22, 2011). "Rashad Jennings, Clint Session return to practice after concussions". Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  4. ^ Tania Ganguli (September 4, 2011). "Jaguars lose Rashad Jennings for year, deal for cornerback". Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "Jaguars place Cecil Shorts, Rashad Jennings on injured reserve". SBNation.com. December 24, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Raiders Add RB Rashad Jennings". Raiders.com. April 11, 2013.
  7. ^ "Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans - November 17th, 2013". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  8. ^ "Rashad Jennings 2013 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "N.Y. Giants add Rashad Jennings, Schwartz, Schofield".
  10. ^ Eisen, Michael (February 13, 2017). "Giants part ways with WR Victor Cruz, RB Rashad Jennings". Giants.com.
  11. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (December 8, 2017). "Rashad Jennings retiring after eight NFL seasons". NFL.com.
  12. ^ "'Dancing With the Stars' 2017: Season 24 celebrity cast and partners revealed on 'GMA'". ABC News. March 1, 2016. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  13. ^ Montgomery, Daniel. "'Dancing with the Stars' trio dances will invite back Kelly Monaco, Alfonso Ribeiro, Laurie Hernandez, Corbin Bleu". goldderby.com. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  14. ^ Brozyna, Emily. "'Dancing with the Stars' trio dances will invite back Kelly Monaco, Alfonso Ribeiro, Laurie Hernandez, Corbin Bleu". J-14.com. Retrieved November 2, 2017.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Laurie Hernandez & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Dancing with the Stars (US) champion
Season 24 (Spring 2017 with Emma Slater)
Succeeded by
Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold